Water resources official shares tips to better protect pipes from freezing temperatures

SAVANNAH, Ga. (WTOC) – Tonight will be the coldest night we’ve seen in a while, and the drop in temperature could spell trouble for your home, especially the pipes.

“We need to be aware of the four Ps: people, pets, plants and pipes,” said Laura Walker, environmental manager for the Savannah Water Resources Department.

As the region braces for one of the coldest airs in four years, water officials are warning you to take action now to protect your pipes from the cold.

“We have to be careful to protect our pipes and prevent water from freezing inside and breaking them,” Walker said.

Walker says the most important thing to keep in mind is where your water shutoff valve is.

“For most people in Savannah, since we’re an older city and have older housing stock, this will be your water meter, which is probably near the sidewalk or next to the street,” Walker said.

Outside your house, Walker says to disconnect the hoses from the faucets to cover your faucets.

“It’s not a bad idea to put some insulation around it if you have the time or maybe some blankets or towels. Just anything to protect him a little more,” Walker said.

Inside your home, Walker says to pay special attention to pipes and faucets that run along exterior walls.

“The best way to keep your pipes from freezing is to just let them drip a bit,” Walker said. “Also consider opening the cabinet doors, just to heat up those pipes.”

Walker says pipe bursts can put a big dent in homeowners’ wallets.

“The range varies of course, depending on where it is and how quickly you can get to it and be able to turn off your water, but it can cost thousands,” Walker said.

But, says Walker, running your faucets is a small price to pay to avoid a huge problem.

“When you compare that to what a frozen pipe can cost you to fix and repair, it’s really a simple thing to do,” Walker said.

What if your pipe bursts?

“Don’t panic, just turn off the water, call a plumber and get to it as fast as you can,” Walker said.

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