Cobb County

This is how you protect your pipes when the temperature drops

MARIETTA, Ga. — With temperatures dropping, you need to protect your pipes at home.

A lot of homeowners make common mistakes when they realize they have a frozen pipe inside of their home. But Channel 2′s Michele Newell learned that it is so easy to prevent pipes from freezing.

One of the many things homeowners should be doing is keeping the thermostat set to the same temperature during the day and at night.

If you haven’t winterized your home, David Stein with Dupree Service Plumber said, you should do so now to prevent the pipes in your home from freezing. Open your cabinets to allow the air to circulate. After that, run some water.

“We recommend that you go around to every sink shower or tub in the house and leave it open just a little bit for the night as it’s going to get down in the single digits,” Stein said. “Just a Little stream to keep the water moving to prevent it from freezing.”

Stein said you also need to check outdoor faucets.

“Open up the hose bib to drain the rest of the water that’s in that pipe from the shutoff out to prevent any freezing going from into the house,” Stein said.


Dupree Plumbing in Marietta said it is already busy.

“We’ve had a lot of calls where we’ve gone out for drippy faucets or busted pipes,” Stein said.

The crews at Dupree are stocking up service vans with everything they need.

“We’ve definitely got all the vans ready to go with enough pipe and what other material they may need for the job,” Stein said.

They’ll have an on-call plumber throughout the holiday weekend.

“With this cold streak coming in, it’s going to be interesting to see what we face in the next couple of weeks,” Stein said.

If you end up with frozen pipes, a number of companies can help you this weekend.

Dupree Plumbing will have an on–call service plumber. They also have a 24/7 answering service.


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