How do you prevent frozen pipes?

How do you prevent pipes from freezing?

Updated: 4:29 p.m. EST, January 19, 2024

COLD, WE COULD GET SNOW TOO. OKAY? RIGHT. A LOT OF PEOPLE SAY THAT, AND YESTERDAY WAS DEFINITELY COLD ENOUGH FOR SNOW. WE JUST DIDN'T HAVE A SYSTEM OR HUMIDITY TO BRING SNOW. BUT IT'S STILL COOL OUT THERE TODAY. NO SNOW FOR US, AT LEAST IN THE PIEDMONT TRIAD. HIGH, THIN CLOUDS ARE COMING IN. YOU SEE VILLAGES ON THE SATELLITE AND RADAR LOOPS, IT'S GETTING A LITTLE WARMER, I GUESS IT'S GETTING MILD, TO BETTER DESCRIBE IT. 43 DEGREES RIGHT NOW IN GREENSBORO, 42 DEGREES IN WINSTON-SALEM. ALREADY 45 DEGREES IN LEXINGTON. HOW WOULD THAT BE? FEELS LIKE A HEAT WAVE DOWN THERE IN LEXINGTON. 31 FOR SPARTA, STILL BELOW FREEZING. IT'S COOL AND WINDY UP THERE IN THE MOUNTAINS. WE'RE NOT GOING TO GET MUCH WARMER TODAY, BUT COMPARISON TO YESTERDAY, IT'S STUCK IN THE -30S, IT'S CERTAINLY A LITTLE MORE COMFORTABLE OUTSIDE, IT'S TOLERABLE. I GUESS THAT'S THE WORD WE'LL USE TO DESCRIBE IT TODAY, MID 40S FOR THE PIEDMONT TRIAD, WITH A BREEZE OF TIMES IN THE MID OR LOW 40S IN THE FOOTHILLS AND THEN IT WILL STAY IN THE UPPER 30S IN THE MOUNTAINS. THERE WILL BE A BREATH AT TIMES TODAY, BUT THE MAIN THING YOU'LL NOTICE IS THAT THE CLOUDS WILL INCREASE AS THE DAY GOES ON. WE HAVE HIGH PRESSURE OVER US AND THAT'S WHAT'S HELPING TO BRING SOME MILD AIR TO THE AREA. BUT THE CLOUDS IN THE WEST WILL CONTINUE TO MOVE IN BECAUSE THIS IS OUR NEXT WEATHER SYSTEM TO FORM OVER PARTS OF THE LAYOUT AGAIN. MILD AIR COMES IN FRONT OF IT. THIS SYSTEM WILL GET A CRASH LIKE OUR SYSTEM DID EARLIER THIS WEEK ON MONDAY, BUT WE ARE NOT EXPECTING AS EXTENSIVE IMPACT AS WE HAD ON MONDAY. LET ME SHOW YOU THE FUTURECAST. I'LL SHOW YOU WHAT I EXPECT THIS AFTERNOON. YOU'LL SEE THE CLOUDS REALLY START TO THICKEN UP AND BECOME MOSTLY CLOUDY IN THE AFTERNOON OR EVENING. AND THEN AFTER MIDNIGHT ON FRIDAY MORNING THERE WILL BE A LITTLE HUMIDITY INTO SOME Isolate Showers In The Piedmont Triad. YOU SEE, TEMPERATURES ARE ABOVE FREEZING, BUT UP TO THE NORTH WHERE TEMPERATURES ARE COLDER. WE HAVE TO WATCH WHO MAKES IT UP TO 32 DEGREES BECAUSE THE RAIN COULD FALL UP THERE AND FREEZE UPON CONTACT WITH THE ELEVATED SURFACES. AS FREEZING RAIN. I AM MOSTLY THINKING OF OUR BORDER COUNTIES BETWEEN NORTH CAROLINA AND VIRGINIA. BUT THIS IS A WEAK AND FAST-MOVING SYSTEM. 5:30 AM ON FRIDAY MORNING. IT'S GONE. WE'RE DONE DRYING FOR THE REST OF THE DAY. WE'LL EVEN SEE A LITTLE SUN FRIDAY AFTERNOON. BUT AFTER FRIDAY NOON THOSE NORTHWEST WINDS WILL PICK UP AND IT'LL GET COOLER. TEMPERATURES WILL DOWN ALL DAY TOMORROW. IF WE SEE ICE, I THINK IT'LL BE CONFINED TO THE NORTH CAROLINA-VIRGINIA BORDER AND UP TO THE MOUNTAINS. IN THE MOUNTAINS YOU MAY HAVE A WINTER MIX, SOME SNOW AND ICE, AND BEFORE IT ALL TURNS TO SNOW LATER ON FRIDAY AND INTO THE WEEKEND YOU'LL HAVE THE BEST CHANCE OF SEEING SOME GOOD SNOW ACCUMULATIONS THERE. 2 TO 6 INCHES POSSIBLE. YOU SEE THE NORTHWEST FLOW REALLY INCREASING ON THE BACK OF THIS SYSTEM. SO A GREAT WEEKEND TO BE IN THE MOUNTAINS. IF YOU'RE A SKIER OR A SNOWBOARDER, YOU'VE GOT SOME NEW SNOW UP THERE WITH THE ARCTIC AIR DRIVING IN BEHIND THIS SYSTEM. AND ON SATURDAY MORNING YOU WOKE UP TO WIND CHILL READS IN THE TENS, MAYBE EVEN SINGLE DIGITS FOR THE TRIAD. AND THEN ALSO NEGATIVE BELOW ZERO. WIND CHILLS UP THERE IN THE MOUNTAINS. THEIR TREND TOWARDS HIGH TEMPERATURES. WE CAN'T EVEN MAKE IT ABOVE THE FREEZER BY SATURDAY AFTERNOON, SO WE'RE SURE TO GET THE COLDEST AIR OF THE YEAR. THE SEVEN DAY FORECAST IS PRETTY COOL, APART FROM THE DRYING OUTS AT THE WEEKEND, BUT

How do you prevent pipes from freezing?

How do you prevent frozen pipes?

Updated: 4:29 p.m. EST, January 19, 2024

During extremely cold temperatures, it's important to remember to winterize your home. That includes protecting your home's pipes. If you don't, the cold snaps here in North Carolina can freeze pipes, leaving you without access to water. Or worse, pipes can burst and cause flooding in your home. Check out the tips below to prevent that from happening. Insulate pipes: Your home pipes are especially vulnerable to cold damage when temperatures drop below 20 degrees Fahrenheit. To protect them, you can insulate your pipes—especially those in unheated attics or garages. The City of Greensboro recommends wrapping pipes with newspaper and plastic. Keep garage doors closed: If there are water pipes in the garage, simply keeping the door closed can make a big difference in the temperature it's exposed to. Leave your faucet dripping: Turn the water on to the lowest setting while it's still warm. Allowing the water to drip slowly makes it less likely to freeze in extremely cold temperatures. Cover your hot water tank: If it's not in a heated area, your water tank can also be damaged by the cold. Consider installing an insulating blanket for the water heater. Disconnect and drain outside water hoses: It's important to remove these hoses during preparations. You can also install an insulated cover over outside faucets. Open kitchen and bathroom cabinet doors: This will allow warmer air to circulate around the plumbing and reduce the chance of a frozen pipe. Locate your main shutoff valve: Be prepared to respond if a pipe breaks. You can limit flood damage by closing this valve. It's usually located in your basement, garage or outside. For emergency shutoff of your water meter in Winston-Salem, call CityLink 311 or 336-727-8000. Click the video player above to watch a related story from WXII 12 News. For more information on preparing for winter weather, visit WSFC Emergency Management and ReadyNC.org, or watch the video from the city of Winston-Salem. Greensboro also posted prevention tips on its city website.RELATED STORIES:North Carolina cities see water pipe bursts as temperatures changeThe best places to go snow tubing in North Carolina this winterWhat's the difference between a winter storm warning, storm watch or warning? Watch: NOWCAST streaming newscastsNAVIGATE: Home | Weather | Watch NOWCAST TV | Local News | National | News We Love |Stay up to date with the latest news and weather by downloading the WXII app here.

During extremely cold temperatures, it is important to remember to winterize your home. This includes protecting the pipes in your home.

If you don't, the cold snaps here in North Carolina can cause water pipes to freeze, leaving you without access to water. Or worse, the pipes can burst, causing flooding in your home.

Read the following tips to prevent this from happening.

  1. Insulate pipes: Your home pipes are especially vulnerable to cold damage when the temperature drops below 20 degrees Fahrenheit (-6 degrees Celsius). To protect them, you can insulate your pipes – especially those in unheated attics or garages. The City of Greensboro recommends wrapping the pipes with newspaper and plastic.
  2. Keep garage doors closed: If there are water supply lines in the garage, simply closing the door can make a big difference in the temperature it is exposed to.
  3. Let your faucet drip: Turn the water on to the lowest setting while it is still warm. If you let the water run slowly, it is less likely to freeze in extremely cold temperatures.
  4. Cover your hot water tank: Unless your water tank is in a heated room, it can also be damaged by cold temperatures. Consider installing an insulating blanket for the water heater.
  5. Remove and empty external water hoses: It is important to remove these hoses during preparation. You can also install an insulated cover over outside faucets.
  6. Opening kitchen and bathroom cabinet doors: This allows warm air to circulate in the pipes and reduces the risk of the pipes freezing.
  7. Find your main shut-off valve: Be prepared to respond if a pipe breaks. You can limit flood damage by closing this valve. It is usually located in your basement, garage or outside. For emergency shutoff of your water meter in Winston-Salem, call CityLink 311 or 336-727-8000.

Click the video player above to watch a related article from WXII 12 News.

For more information on preparing for winter weather, visit WSFC Emergency Management and ReadyNC.org or watch the City of Winston-Salem's video. Greensboro has also posted prevention tips on its city website.

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