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Winter Freeze Warning: Protect Your Home with These Tips


Dear Residents,

As the cold weather approaches, ensuring the protection of your home becomes paramount. Here are several essential freeze warning tips to safeguard your living spaces:

1. **Insulate Your Pipes:**
Properly insulate exposed pipes to prevent freezing. This can be done with pipe sleeves or heat tape, especially in areas prone to colder temperatures. 

2. **Keep the Heat On:**
Maintain a consistent temperature in your home, even when you are away. Setting the thermostat above freezing helps prevent pipes from reaching dangerously low temperatures.

3. **Drip Faucets:**
Allow faucets to drip slightly during extremely cold nights. This keeps water flowing, reducing the risk of pipes freezing.

4. **Seal Drafts:**
Identify and seal any drafts around windows and doors. This helps maintain a warmer indoor environment and protects pipes from exposure to chilly air.

5. **Disconnect Outdoor Hoses:**
Disconnect and store outdoor hoses before winter sets in. This prevents water from freezing in the hoses and causing damage to the connected pipes.

6. **Open Cabinet Doors:**
During cold spells, open cabinet doors beneath sinks to allow warm air to reach pipes. This is particularly important for pipes located along exterior walls.

7. **Know Your Water Shut-Off Valve:**
Familiarize yourself with the location of your water shut-off valve. In case of a frozen pipe or other emergencies, being able to quickly turn off the water can mitigate potential damage. Place thick fabric or carpet over water meter. DO NOT PUT anything inside water meter. 

8. **Emergency Contact Information:**
Keep emergency contact information for plumbers and maintenance services readily available. Quick action can make a significant difference in minimizing damage during a freeze.

By following these freeze warning tips, you can significantly reduce the risk of frozen pipes and protect your home during the upcoming colder months. Stay warm and safe!

Best regards,

Michelle Jones