ROCKFORD, Ill. (WIFR) -- With a strong pattern of freezing temperatures hitting the Stateline, Illinois American Water reminds homeowners to prepare their homes properly to prevent water damage.
The organization says now is the time to safeguard home plumbing to prevent frozen and burst pipes.
Illinois American Water suggests protecting pipes and water meters with electrical heat tracing wire, newspaper or fabric before the cold weather settles around homes.
Once temperatures hit below freezing, families can also turn on water faucets on a low level throughout the night to prevent pipes from bursting.
The organization recommends shutting off all water immediately if a pipes freezes. You can use a hair dryer or another source of heat to thaw the pipes.
Illinois American Water also suggests removing any cold sources of air around windows or insulated walls and to be familiar with the location of water pipes in your home.
For more information, visit the Illinois American Water website.
Tips also address frozen water meters, which can bring costly plumbing repairs and replacement fees along with headaches and unexpected expense for homeowners. Please see attached press release.