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LEXINGTON, Ky (LEX 18) One of the biggest headaches that can come along with freezing temperatures is frozen pipes. When they burst, they can cause expensive damage.

Pipe bursts can cause soggy ceilings, walls, and floors, as well as more damage you can't see.

Bill and Carol Fowler tell LEX 18 that a couple of years ago, they came home to discover a disaster. 

"Coming out of the wall, it was like a fire hydrant gushing," Bill described that day. "We had a thousand gallons of water come through the house."

The damage took the couple about a month to get straightened out. They say they had to do a lot of reconstruction and add new carpet. 

Chris Livengood with Fayette Plumbing, Heating, and Air was on a service call at their home on Thursday and showed LEX 18 the basics for preventing pipes from freezing. 

"Basic, just standard protection is insulation, insulation, insulation," said Livengood. "Exposed piping underneath your house, exposed piping in an unfinished garage that's not heated is extremely dangerous."

It is not just the exposed piping around your home that you need to be worried about, also make sure to remove the hose from your outside spigot. 

"If you leave the water hose on, the water can't escape. therefore it freezes back in and when it freezes back inside the outdoor water hydrant, it busts inside the wall, inside of your house," said Livengood. "It's better to be proactive than reactive. reactive will cost you a lot of money."

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