Ways to Prep Your Home Before a Freeze

The first freeze of the season is right around the corner and Shafer is here to help you prep your home.
Below are helpful and some unexpected ways to make sure your home is ready for cold weather. After a
freeze is always a plumber’s busiest time so we love to help people on the forefront and avoid damage
to their homes.

To keep your pipes from bursting during a freeze, Shafer Services Plus recommends:
1. Shut off and wrap exterior faucets.
2. Open cabinet doors to allow heat to get to pipes under sinks and appliances near exterior walls.
3. Clean gutters to keep water from accumulating and freezing.
4. Set interior faucets to a drip. from both hot and cold faucets.
5. Disconnect garden hoses and, if possible, use an indoor valve to shut off and drain water from
pipes leading to outside faucets.
6. Keep your thermostat set at the same temperature during the day and night. This also reduces
the strain on the furnace.
7. Close garage doors to provide an extra buffer for temperature protection.
8. Insulate exposed pipes—even in crawl spaces and attics.
9. Seal cracks and holes with caulk and insulation to keep cold air outside. Look for air leaks
around electrical wiring, dryer vents, and pipes.
And remember, Shafer is always here to help!

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