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Forecasters anticipate frigid temperatures throughout the Northeast over the next few days. Low temperatures combined with strong winds means an increased potential for frozen and burst pipes.

Here are a few tips to help safeguard against frozen pipes.

  • Leave the heat up! Set the thermostat and leave it set to the same temperature day and night.
  • Open the kitchen and bathroom cabinet doors to allow warm air to circulate around plumbing.
  • If you have an attached garage, keep the doors shut. Wind and cold air drafts increase the likelihood of a frozen pipe. 
  • If you are going away, shut off the water supply line to your washing machine. 
  • Drain and shut off all outside spigots.
  • Have someone check on the house. Once the ice melts and the temperatures rise the water will start to flow.
  • Mark the main water supply line so it can be easily identified.

Courtesy of our partners at Arbella Mutual Insurance.

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