A deep winter freeze is about to settle in to the region, and experts say homeowners need to be prepared.
Home improvement experts and plumbers are advising people take the necessary measures now to prevent any problems later during sub-freezing temperatures.
When the temperature drops below 32 degrees, unprotected pipes inside exterior walls, like outside faucets, could freeze.
That is why experts say you should drain garden hoses and turn off outside faucets from the inside valve.
Also, the home should be kept at 65 degrees or higher.
Plumber Murray Renshaw has been in the business for 40 years, and said when temperatures drop to zero, you have about 12 to 15 hours before the pipes freeze and split, causing water damage as it thaws and warms up.
"Know where your main water shutoff valve is in your house so if you should have an emergency you're not rushing around at the last minute trying to find out and isolate your system,” Renshaw said.
Another piece of advice—homeowners should open kitchen cabinet doors with pipes on outside walls.
Stay updated with the latest forecast and how cold the temperatures will be by downloading the Channel 3 app. Just click here or text “weather” to 38324.
Copyright 2016 WFSB (Meredith Corporation). All rights reserved.