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Tips to get your home ready for winter, prevent costly damage

Posted at 10:15 PM, Dec 28, 2018
and last updated 2018-12-29 03:03:43-05

LAS VEGAS (KTNV) — 13 Action News has tips to prepare your home for winter and prevent costly damage as freezing temperatures hit the valley this holiday weekend.

Professional plumbers say it's now time to protect pipes since we're getting below 35 degrees.

According to the website for the City of Henderson, you should:

  • Disconnect and drain garden hoses when they are not being used.
  • Wrap exposed irrigation pipes with pipe insulation, insulated "faucet socks," an old towel, or heat or duct tape.

Moving inside your house now, homeowners should set that thermostat to at least 55 degrees to protect indoor plants and pipes.

Plumbers also say not to turn off the heat completely when you're out.

When it comes to protecting plants, professionals get concerned about sensitive plants when it gets below 34 degrees.

For natural plants, the range is 28 to 30 degrees.  And you don't have to worry about a hardy plant like a fruit tree or evergreen.

A cheap and easy fix is to drape fabric over the outdoor plant.

For more tips from the City of Henderson, click on this link.