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Tips to avoid frozen pipes
• Open kitchen and bathroom cabinet doors to allow warmer air to circulate around the plumbing.
• Keep garage doors closed if there are water supply lines in the garage.
• When the weather is very cold outside, let the cold water drip from the faucet served by exposed pipes. Even at a trickle, the flow helps prevent pipes from freezing.
• Keep the thermostat set to the same temperature throughout the day and at night. You may incur a higher heating bill, but you can prevent a much more costly repair job if pipes freeze and burst.
• If you will be going away during cold weather, leave the heat on in your home, set to a temperature no lower than 55° F.
Source: The Red Cross