Well, it's here. The time of year you walk outside and your snot freezes.

When the high temperature for a day is in single digits, you know you're really in the brute of winter in the Midwest. And spoiler alert - were officially in the brute. You've gotten all the coats, hats, gloves, and boots out. But don't forget to look out for your pipes when it gets this cold.

The last thing you need when it's bitterly cold out is for your pipes to freeze. WTVO details -

A recent report from State Farm Insurance shows Illinois is number one in the country for frozen pipe damage. In 2020, more than $7 million in damage claims were reported by homeowners.

Don't let that be you! Here's some tips WTVO shared for making sure your pipes don't freeze with this upcoming weather.

  • Keep all of your cabinet doors open, especially ones on the outside walls
  • Make sure you have all your hoses off your outside hose bibs, so they don’t backfreeze
  • If you’ve had freezing in less cold weather, I would leave your faucets running a little bit, so the moving water will keep them from freezing

If you pipes do end up freezing, you still have some options.

  • Use a space heater and see if it’ll unthaw without breaking, or you can call a licensed plumber and have them unthaw it for you

Damage to pipes can cost anywhere from $500-$1,000 depending on the damage.

So make sure you have a space heater at home just in case of an emergency!


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