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Keeping your pipes working in the cold

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Posted at 7:12 PM, Oct 31, 2019
and last updated 2019-10-31 19:12:28-04

LEXINGTON, Ky. (LEX 18) — Just a few weeks ago, we were in the 90's.

Now that we're looking at freezing temperatures, winter already feels around the corner. That means it's time to make sure your home is ready for the transition.

"Now is the time to be proactive because 'it' could be right around the corner," said Kevin Pearl, General Manager at H2O Maestro.

"It" is winter, and Pearl said the first thing you should do is disconnect your hose from an outdoor faucet.

"If you leave a hose connected here, it's gonna trap this water here. Won't let this water drain out, and that's when you're gonna get the freeze push back in. This will expand and pop, just like coke can in a freezer," said Pearl.

That means not just a burst pipe, but property damage inside. Pearl suggested getting an inexpensive protector for your faucet.

"You remove that if you wanna wash your car, or something, on the occasional warm day. Put it back on when you're done," said Pearl.

Pearl said now is the time to also get your water heater checked out.

Taking these steps now could save you cash in the long run.