Homeowners should get ready for hard freeze

SHREVEPORT - It's about to get a lot colder in the ArkLaTex. 

This hard freeze could result in frozen water pipes for homeowners, which can lead to water pipes inside the house bursting and leaking.

The Insurance Council of Texas (ICT) recommends taking these following steps to avoid frozen water pipes.

  • · Unhook any outdoor water hoses to your faucets.
  • · Wrap outdoor pipes and faucets with newspaper, foam, rags or other insulating material. To keep the insulation in place, secure it   with string, wire or tape.
  • · Check hardware stores for insulation products that fit over outside water faucets.
  • · Open doors under your sinks to provide warm air circulation.
  • · Circulate the water in your home by dripping at least one sink.
  • · Keep the temperature at 55 degrees or warmer in your home.
  • · If a leak is detected inside the home, shut off the water to the house immediately to prevent further damage and contact your plumber.
  • · Do not dispose of any items without the prior approval of your insurance adjuster.

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