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Winterizing Your Home: Prepare Your Pipes for Freezing Temperatures
Written by Your 5News Team
Last updated on December 16, 2013 @ 7:01PM
Created on December 16, 2013 @ 4:38PM

Even though we'll have a bit of a warm up later this week, winter is here and that means cold temperatures for the next few months.

Before it gets too cold out, you might want to make sure your home is ready.

It can save you a lot of hassle by just insulating the piping in your home. The best part is, once you do it, you won't have to worry about it again for years.

The problem with pipes is, when it gets too cold outside, the water inside will freeze, expanding them. That's when they can burst, causing you a big mess. Because this happens during the winter months, it's a bigger issue because it's harder to repair in the cold.

That's why you should insulate those pipes. You can get heat tape or pipe insulation, and put it on there to avoid a freeze.

"It can save you a bit of money, but it's not just the savings, it's really the hardship. Usually when it busts, it's below zero and really cold, and you've got to get out there and work where it's really cold and there's water spraying everywhere," said David Christafore, co-owner of Sandy's Hardware. 

Experts said by doing these simple steps, you could end up saving yourself money because the added cost now is no where near what repairs could end up costing you.

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