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Waking up to a snow-covered picture landscape may be the winter dream, but in recent years, things like polar vortices have made the cold and freezing temps near unbearable. Snowball that with blizzardy conditions so intense they garner their own names–we’re looking at you Snowmageddon, Snowzilla and Snowpocalypse–and winter can be a stressful time of year.
Making it just a little bit worse? Frozen pipes. When outdoor temperatures drop below freezing, the water inside your pipes can freeze. Water expands when frozen, which increases the pressure on your pipes, causing them to burst. And that leads to home and property damage–not to mention a whole bunch of headaches you don’t need.
Before you pack up your possessions and head south with the geese, the following tips can help prevent bitterly cold temperatures from wreaking havoc on your home.
Even with the best prevention, frozen pipes may still occur. Be prepared by knowing where your water shut off valves are located. Should a pipe burst, shut the water off immediately and call a professional plumber to help you respond to the situation in a way that creates the least amount of future damage.