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Temperatures this evening are forecast to dip into single digits (predicting the lowest recorded temperatures in the Atlanta area since 1983), making for some potentially very serious issues for your home.
Please read the safety precautions below provided by the DeKalb County Emergency Management Agency.
- Disconnect and drain outdoor hoses. Detaching the hose allows water to drain from the pipe. Otherwise a hard freeze can burst either the faucet or the pipe.
- Insulate pipes or faucets in unheated areas. If you have pipelines in an unheated garage or cold crawl space under the house, wrap the water pipes before temperatures plummet.
- Hardware stores carry heat tapes that can either be wrapped or run lengthwise on exposed pipes. If you use a heat tape, use a GFI outlet and be sure to unplug it when it’s not needed.
- Find the house master water shutoff valve. It may be near the water heater or the washing machine. More likely it’s where the water line comes into your house from the street. If a pipe bursts anywhere in the house, this valve turns it off.
- Leave a pencil-lead-thin stream of water flowing from a bathroom faucet during the worst of a cold spell. Running water has a lesser chance of freezing but it may increase your water bill.
I hope you find this information helpful.