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Oct 17, 2011 6:17 PM by Trovette Tottress

Are you prepared for the freeze?

As the weather cools down, many are getting ready to turn up the thermostat. Here are some things you should do to get prepared for the freeze.

Experts say you should make sure you leave your inside faucets dripping so that your pipes don't crack which can cause looding. Also, make sure your furnaces are working properly. And don't forget about the outside pipes. You should unhook your hoses to prevent water from being trapped inside which can be costly.

"The plumbing work isn't as expensive, but if you flood your house, the carpet the furniture, it is very expensive to get repaired", said Joel VanHorn with Volson Plumbing & Heating CO.

Experts say you should also change your filters. Also, keep your thermostat above 70 degrees.

For more tips on how to protect your home during a freeze click here

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