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How to Prepare for a Hard Freeze

February 2, 2022

How to Prepare for a Hard Freeze

Reduce the chance of property damage by preparing your pipes before a hard freeze. Although we only have a few hard freezes during winter months, it's still important to protect exposed water pipes. The following suggestions will assist you in protecting your home.

  • Remove all outdoor hoses from hose bibs. Install foam hose bib covers that can be purchased at home improvement stores.
  • Let water drip from multiple faucets. Running water helps prevent frozen pipes.
  • Turn off the sprinkler system.
  • Keep the garage door shut.
  • If the home will be vacant, shut off the water and drain the water out of the interior fixtures and hose bibs. Leave the heat on.
  • Cover shrubs and flowers.
  • Young trees should be hydrated prior to the freeze or use a tree wrap designed for young trees.
  • Document any damage so you can properly submit an insurance claim, as your homeowner’s insurance may help cover repair costs.


When the temperatures dip, don't take any chances with frozen pipes! These few, easy steps will go a long way to making sure you stay comfortable and safe in your home all winter long, no matter the weather.


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