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How to protect your home from the cold temperatures

Ways to prevent pipes bursting in cold temps
Posted at 8:50 PM, Feb 13, 2021
and last updated 2021-02-13 22:50:31-05

COLORADO SPRINGS  — Once it gets below zero, your pipes are more than likely to freeze.

"Anything that is close to the walls can freeze, or if your furnace is not high enough they can freeze," said Matthew King, plumber at Affordable Plumbing.

All day long on Saturday, King was going from house to house fixing folks frozen pipes.

"We want people to know there are things we can do to minimize the problem," said King.

So what can you do to prevent your pipes from freezing?

King suggests that you keep your faucet running at a steady drip, open those underneath cabinets, and most importantly for folks in Colorado, remove your hose off the hose bid.

"We always water our plants and forget hey it's going to snow we are in Colorado! We don't know if it's going to be hot or cold tomorrow," said King.

In addition to taking all the precautions, you can purchase items at a local hardware store that could save your wallet.

"It's going to cost thousands of dollars for a plumber to repair, so you might as well spend ten dollars to save a hundred," said Jim Olsen, GM of Foxword Gailbraith, hardware store.

Olsen says it was a revolving door at Foxworth on Saturday, with folks prepping for the cold temperatures.

His most sold item? A faucet protector.

"This is what you put over your faucet on the outside of your house. This will keep the garden hose from freezing. Also, make sure your garden hose is disconnected. People forget to do that"

Olsen also wants to remind people about their crawl spaces, he says that area of a home is often forgotten about.

"If you have a crawl space or something that is where your water heater is that is going to be exposed to cold air, you need a heater."

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