The cold snap is here but it's not too late to make sure your home is prepared for it.
Every year temps drop down into the teens at some point and exposed water pipes on your home need to be prepped. If you're a new home owner or not used to the cold, a cracked pipe means flooding and possibly thousands of dollars in damage.
"We find a lot of homes still have their garden houses attached, the best thing you can do, simply disconnect it and that will keep the freeze from traveling back into the house itself," Dennis Fanara with Gold Seal Plumbing said.
Fanara said his plumbers are standing by overnight for exactly this type of problem.
"If you have a frost free hose bib, that's all you need. On this older style you'll find a valve inside the house you'll need to shut off also," he said.
After shutting off the water line to the outside and opening up the faucet, find the drain plug and drain the line. If you decide not to turn off the outside water, "the ice will just build right on back and crack at the first fitting it runs into," said Fanara.
Experts say if you have a pipe that is frozen don't try to defrost it with an open flame, rather use a hair dryer that way you can slowly defrost the pipe until it starts flowing again.
Pipes in crawl spaces should be insulated. Also, try to keep inside temperatures at least 55 degrees overnight and if you plan to leave for the holiday drain your whole water system or take a few steps to keep away the freeze like running a small bead of water from the upstairs faucet.
"We recommend opening up your cabinet doors and that lets the heat from the room actually get into the pipes and keep them warm," said Fanara.
Most cracked pipes happen overnight so homeowners wake up, try and take a shower only to discover there is no water pressure and, by then, water has been leaking for hours, so taking some preventive measures will protect your home.