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Preparing the Home for Cold Weather

Cold weather is slowly making its way to the South and it’s time for residents to prepare their homes.

Wil Golden, Alabama Extension coordinator for Macon County, said there are many steps homeowners should take each fall when planning for cold weather.

“Homes here aren’t made the same as they are in the North because of climate differences,” Golden said. “The weather here changes so much; it can be 80 degrees during the day and freezing at night.”

Prepare for freezing water

If water freezes in outside systems, it can damage those lines and even cause breaks.“You never know if you’ll get a freeze,” Golden said.

To avoid freezes in outside water lines, drain sprinkler systems and cut off outside faucets. Insulators can be used to seal outdoor faucets.

Indoor pipes are also subject to damage and breaks in freezing weather.

“Protect your pipes – that’s a big thing,” Golden said. If freezing weather hits with short notice, leaving faucets at a drip can prevent freezing. Opening cabinets to allow for warm air circulation closer to pipes will also help.

Insulate pipes when you have enough notice that especially cold weather is coming.

 

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