Keep your pipes from freezing in the frigid weather

The extreme cold doesn't just have an impact on your body but on your house too. It can lead to frozen pipes, and each winter, an average of a quarter-million families have their homes damaged or ruined because of it.

According to State Farm Insurance, there are several simple steps you can take to keep it from happening to you.

It can be as easy as just leaving a trickle of hot or cold water running from a faucet.

You can also open cabinet doors to allow heat to get to un-insulated pipes under sinks and appliances near exterior walls.

If you're leaving, it’s suggested not to set the thermostat to anything below 55 degrees.

And if you'll be gone for a long time, it may even be wise to consider shutting off and draining the water system.

For tips you can follow before the cold hits, and what to do if your pipes do freeze, click on the Big Red Bar.

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