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Avoid frozen water pipes this winter

MISSOURI (KFVS) -

Tis the season to worry about frozen water pipes.

As the temperature drops, it's helpful to remember how to avoid the damaging and expensive mess. 

Consider these tips to make sure your pipes don't become frozen:

- Detach water hoses and store them indoors; use faucet covers or plastic foam around outdoor faucets and pipes for insulation.

- Seal cracks and holes in outside walls and foundations near water pipes with caulking.

- Keep a slow trickle of water flowing through faucets connected to pipes that run through unheated space.

- If your pipes do freeze, turn off your water at the shut-off valve.

- Don't leave electrical appliances near frozen pipes and if you try to thaw your own pipes, be careful so that you don't do serious damage.

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