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Keeping Pipes Safe From Cold

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When it gets this cold your pipes can freeze and break, leaving you with a major mess. Restoration officials say if pipes get too cold the water in them can freeze and expand.
     
That's what causes the break which then means water going everywhere in your home.
     
Experts say the worst issues happen in houses where no one is home.

"The house that you are either trying to sell or maybe you're on vacation, or for a couple days, you need to turn the water off," said Brent Werner. "Leave your heat on and ask a neighbor or family friend or relative to come over and check on the house." 

Iowa American Water also has some tips. You can wrap un-insulated pipes in electric heating tape, seal cracks and holes in outside walls and foundations, set the thermostat at 55 degrees if you're gone for a long time and consider wrapping your water heater in an insulation blanket.