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Tips for Preventing Frozen Pipes

One of the
messiest and most costly homeowner repairs is fixing a burst, frozen pipe.
Water from a burst pipe can cause damage to carpeting, short out electrical
appliances and ruin furniture. Luckily, there are several ways to protect your
home:

  • Keep the
    heat in your house at a minimum of 50° F.
  • Allow
    faucets to drip slightly, which can alleviate pressure in the piping system.
  • Keep
    interior doors open. This allows heat from the rest of your house to spread, keeping
    your pipes warm.
  • Seal any
    cracks and holes found near your pipes. This can help keep cold air out of your
    home.
  • Add extra
    insulation to your pipes. Experts recommend fitting your pipes with foam rubber
    or fiberglass sleeves.

Water
expands as it freezes and puts significant pressure on the metal or plastic
pipes that hold it. If you fail to take the proper precautions, your pipes can
easily fail during a cold winter, which can be incredibly costly to repair.

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