Don't let this week's frigid Treasure Valley weather burst your holiday budget

December 4, 2013 

Wednesday morning's dusting of snow across the Treasure Valley won't stick around long, but the below-freezing temperatures aren't going anywhere.

Wednesday's forecast high of 27 degrees will likely make it the warmest day of the week. The temperature isn't expected to top 30 degrees again in Boise until early next week. Overnight lows through the weekend will hover in the low to mid-teens.

Temperatures that low increase the risk of frozen and burst pipes in homes and businesses. To help property owners reduce the risk of costly plumbing issues, United Water offered the following list of cold-weather tips:

· Ensure your sprinkler system is winterized

· Disconnect and drain garden hoses and connections.

· Close outside vents, crawl spaces and doors to prevent drafts from entering your home.

· Make sure any exposed pipes are insulated.

· Keep your garage door closed to prevent cold air from reaching pipes and water heaters.

· If you’re going away, keep a minimum amount of heat on in the house. You may also want to keep a thin stream of water running from a faucet.

· If you plan on turning off the heat, drain the water from pipes, toilets and water heater.

· Locate your water shutoff valve, and label it. Make sure everyone in the home knows where the valve is and how to turn it off in the event of an emergency.

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