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How To Prevent Your Home's Pipes From Freezing This Winter

Frozen and burst water pipes can cause you a lot of headaches -- and cost you a lot of money.

INDIANAPOLIS –  Frozen pipes could create an expensive problem for your home this winter.

Whether your pipes are made of plastic or copper, they can burst if the water in them freezes, and a burst water pipe can cause serious and expensive damage to your home.

According to State Farm, a 1/8-inch crack in a pipe can spew up to 250 gallons of water a day, causing flooding, serious structural damage, and the immediate potential for mold.

But, just because your pipes can freeze and burst, doesn't mean they have to freeze and burst. 

Here’s what the Indiana Office of Utility Consumer Counselor says you should do keep your pipes nice and warm this winter:

  • Know where your home’s master shut-off valve is.
  • Turn at least one faucet on and let a small, pencil-size stream run (especially at night). Ideally, the faucet should be on an exterior wall.
  • Seal basements and crawl spaces as tightly as possible to keep cold air out.
    • If you have a basement, insulate the walls.
    • If the basement has broken windows, repair them.
    • If you have a crawl space, use vents and doors to eliminate drafts.
  • Insulate any exposed water pipes in cold areas (including basements, crawl spaces and attics). Be sure to carefully follow the manufacturer’s instructions on any insulation or heat tape you might use.
  • Unhook any hoses that are connected to outdoor faucets. Store them indoors or in the garage during the winter.

For the full list of tips, visit the IOUCC page on the state's official website, in.gov.

(Photo by Yana Emakova/Thinkstock.)

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