Tips to Care for Your House During and After a Freeze
Happy Mardi Gras! And if carnival celebrations have moved to the back of your priority list today in Louisiana, you're not alone. The deep freeze we are experiencing across the state is something we almost NEVER have to deal with, and sometimes we need a refresher on what we need to do to stay safe and warm.
WWL is passing on some great tips on what to do before, during, and after a freeze. And if I'm being honest, I wish I would have seen this over the weekend. Some of them are below, but be sure to check out the whole list of tips here.
Before and during a hard freeze:
- When temps approach 32 degrees, make sure your exposed pipes are wrapped, and outside garden hoses are disconnected
- Only turn on one faucet in the house, and make sure it's a slow drip. Open cabinets where pipes are located inside
- Make sure that the faucet you turn on is the one farthest away from your water meter
- Open doors inside the house to allow a good airflow
After a freeze:
- Inspect your property thoroughly
- If you detect a leak or broken pipe, call a licensed plumber as soon as possible
- If you see a leak or broken pipe, turn off the water in your house. You can do this by locating the main line from your water meter and turning off the valve going into your house
- Run all indoor faucets to drain the water from the pipes
- Disconnect the hose that goes to your washing machine, and any outdoor hoses
- Try to do these steps as on as you can to prevent your water bill from going sky high, and of course, to prevent further damage.
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