How to prevent pipes from freezing during extreme cold

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With wind chill warnings and advisories in place until Tuesday morning for dangerously cold wind chills and temperatures, homeowners are facing a risk of frozen pipes.

Weather Alert: Dangerously cold wind chills through Tuesday morning

Depending on the age and condition of your home, any time it is below 32 degrees outside, pipes can freeze. 

One easy and affordable way to prevent pipes from freezing is by insulating them. Insulation can be bought at almost any hardware or home improvement store, and can be installed by anyone.

Another way to prevent pipes from freezing is to keep water slowly dripping from the faucet overnight. Additionally, opening cabinet doors to allow for warm air to circulate around the pipes.

Keeping the door closed is the best way to protect water lines that may be in your garage. 

If you’re planning to go away during cold weather, it’s suggested that you keep your thermostat no lower than 55 degrees and have someone check on your home while you’re away.

If your pipes do freeze, you should turn off your water immediately and contact a plumber.

Related: How to prevent pipes from freezing in single digit temperatures

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