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Protecting Your Home in Freezing Temperatures

December 22, 2022

Brrrr.... The freezing weather is upon us!

In South Louisiana, we aren't used to cold weather so it is important to educate ourselves on how to keep our homes and pets safe during colder temperatures.

  • Locate your water shut off
    • Do you know where your main water shut-off valve is located? Knowing this information is vital during emergency situations. Make sure to keep it free of debris and obstacles as well. For the majority of homeowners, this valve is located on the side of the water meter at the meter box. 
  • Cover those exterior faucets
    • Make sure to insulate all your water faucets and pipes on the exterior of your home or in drafty areas. You can find insulation covers at your local hardware and plumbing stores. If none are available, you can use blankets to cover them as well.
  • Don't forget any exposed pipes
    • Insulate any exposed pipes in any drafty areas. Check your manufacturer recommendations for any tanked and tankless water heaters as well.
  • Keep that cold air out
    • Make any repairs to broken or drafty doors, walls or windows. Tightly close any doors or windows and seal all leaks. 
  • BRING YOUR PETS INDOORS!
    • Your pets need to be brought inside. Make sure they have a warm place to sleep off the floor. If it's too cold for you, it's probably too cold for them. 


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