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Protect Your Home in Dickson from Frozen Pipes this Winter

1/8/2016 (Permalink)

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In Dickson County, the winter always seems to creep up on us. The weather outside turns from cool and moderate, to absolutely freezing seemingly overnight. To combat these frigid temperatures, we protect ourselves by budling up in layers of clothing, turning on the heat in our homes and spending more time inside. However we often don't think about the protection of our home during the winter months. The frigid temperatures that can chill us to the bone can also do a number on indoor plumbing. Below we've listed some tips to protect your home in Dickson and avoid frozen pipes this winter.

1. Insulate your pipes

The pipes located in your crawlspace, basement, attic and exterior walls are particularly vulnerable to freezing temperatures. Protect these pipes by properly insulating them using snap-on foam insulation or even towels.

2. Drip faucets

During cold days and nights, it helps to let your faucets drip both hot and cold water to avoid pressure build-up and keep the water moving to prevent freezing.

3. Open kitchen & bathroom cabinets containing plumbing

As a general rule, when you drip your faucets open the cabinet doors beneath them as well. This allows the heat from your home to better circulate around the pipes in these areas.

5. Close vents to crawlspace

If you have a crawlspace, be sure to close the vents to ensure this area is as warm as possible

5. Check foundation

Having cracks in your foundation walls can all cold weather in and make it more likely for pipes to freeze. Fill the cracks with caulking or expanding foam.

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