The National Weather Service is once again warning us to brace for below freezing temperatures overnight and into Monday morning.
The agency is telling people to bring in their pets from the cold, cover their outdoor plants and wrap exposed water pipes.
Plumbing companies have been swamped with calls to repair broken water lines. They tell people to make sure they know how to shut off the water supply to their home. Doing so quickly can minimize the damage after a water line breaks.
Since Saturday, Sacramento Metro Fire crews say they have had to respond to 12 flooding calls. Indoor and outdoor water pipes froze, causing breakage and flooding.
Metro Fire gives these following tips to prevent such problems:
-Cover or insulate your exposed water pipes.
-Disconnect water hoses and drain water if possible from exterior plumbing.
-Establish a slow drip to prevent frozen pipes while ensuring proper drainage to prevent slips and falls.
-Set your thermostat to a minimum of 55 degrees Fahrenheit (12 degrees Centigrade).
If you experience frozen pipes and/or flooding
-Turn the water off at the main shut off valve – ensure all the adults in the home know where the shut off is and how to open and close it.
-Call a plumber if no water comes out after turning a hose bib or faucet on – this does not always mean that a pipe has burst.
-Avoid using appliances in standing water to prevent ELECTROCUTION.
-Refrain from using a torch or open flame to thaw a frozen pipe to avert a potential FIRE.
More information can be found on their website at http://www.metrofire.ca.gov
Cecilio Padilla contributed to this report.