Extreme Temperatures: Winterize Your Home Before a Storm

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  • Prevent frozen pipes by insulating them in two inches of UL listed heat tape.

  • Caulk and weather strip doors and windows.

  • Install storm windows or cover windows with plastic.  

  • Set the thermostat in your house no lower than 55 degrees.

  • Allow a slow trickle of water to flow especially if the faucet is on an
    exterior wall (be sure both the hot and cold faucets are flowing).

  • Open spigots to allow a small, continuous drip to prevent freezing.

  • Remove garden hoses and drain water from spigots.

  • Open cabinet doors to allow heat to get to uninsulated pipes under sinks and appliances near exterior walls.