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Tips to Prepare Your Home for Freezing Temperatures


During the holiday season the last thing you want is to have to spend money on something unexpected.  An overnight freeze warning Wednesday night could pose some expensive problems for your home if you're not prepared.  KTEN's Meredith Saldana has some tips to help you protect your home.

The early morning snow fall was definitely a beautiful sign that winter is here but the cold weather isn't always pretty.

Especially if your home is not prepared for the freezing temperatures.

So we visited Lowe's to find out exactly how you can protect your home and it really wasn't that expensive!

Temperatures in our area continue to drop and former plumber Andrew Kronbeck tells us there are some quick, easy and inexpensive things you can do to keep your pipes from freezing.

The first step is to remove your hose from the outdoor faucet.

Then, cover it with a faucet sock or protector.

Next, any outside piping on your home needs to be covered.

Kronbeck says it's a project most anyone can do at home.

"These are the two types that we carry. You can see this one's already split in half, it has tape that you can pull these little tabs loose and stick it back together and it seals really, really nicely. This type here is a little less expensive.  It has the pre-cut but it's not all the way tubed so a lot of times you can slide this over a pipe that you've got disconnected."

He also says if your home has areas where you feel a draft coming thru pick up a can of insulating foam sealant.

This all sounds quick and easy but we wanted to know just how much these items cost!

So we picked up 2 faucet covers, since most homes have a faucet in the front and back of the home, a can of sealant and a 6 foot long pipe cover.

Our total, less than $10!

A small price to pay to protect your home this holiday season.

"And it's cheaper to do this than, like you say, invite the plumber over for Christmas," says Kronbeck.

-Meredith Saldana, KTEN News