Preparing for Freezing Temperatures

November 16, 2012

As temperatures begin to drop in Oklahoma, a few easy steps can save you money in costly home repairs during winter months. Unhook hoses from your exterior faucets. This prevents water remaining in the hose from freezing and expanding in the pipe, which would break the line. For added protection, purchase insulators at your local Lawn and Garden store to place over your facets. If you have a sprinkler system, turn off the system and drain the water from the outdoor pipes. In especially cold temperatures, it's a good idea to open cabinets in the kitchen, bathroom, or laundry room that contain pipes and let water drip from interior faucets. Don't use ice melt or salt to melt ice on your concrete sidewalks and driveways. These products damage the concrete by causing flaking and deterioration. Sand is a good alternative to add traction to your porch, sidewalk, and driveway. Following these tips, you can feel confident that your home will be protected from the cold Oklahoma winters.
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