With frigid temperatures approaching, homes at risk - CBS46 News

With frigid temperatures approaching, homes at risk

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Plumbing experts warn homeowners in Atlanta could find out the hard way how vulnerable their pipes are to the coming cold weather. With lows expected to reach the single digits in metro Atlanta, experts are advising homeowners to take basic precautions to prevent their pipes from bursting.

"If there's a garden hose attached (to the outside faucet), detach that," said Ken Sessions at Smith Ace Hardware in Buckhead. "If you've got a cutoff valve, and you can get to it, get that water cut off."

He said his store has sold out of pipe insulators and faucet covers, which help keep plumbing intact during especially cold nights.

McKinney's Mechanical Contractors said it's a good idea to turn off outdoor irrigation, and to leave a slow drip of water from a faucet indoors, to prevent water from freezing inside pipes.

With many people in the Atlanta region not accustomed to dealing with such cold temperatures, Sessions expects some homeowners to find out the hard way how much their pipes can be impacted by the cold.

"The plumbers are going to have a ball," said Sessions. "They're going to make some money."

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