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Winterizing Outdoor Pipes Now Before They Freeze

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Now is the time to start winterizing your home with frigid cold temperatures on the way. 

The colder the weather gets, the better your chances are of having your pipes freeze. Experts recommend insulating your pipes and faucets. And it's also a good idea to shut off your irrigation system and drain it. The process is pretty simple and it only takes a few minutes to do. 

Turning off the valve and draining the system can help keep your pipes from breaking in the winter. 

"When the irrigation system freezes and it's not winterized properly, it can be something minor, but if there's water throughout the pipes, it could be quite costly," said Jacob Hunter, with Action Lawn Landscape. 

It could cost hundreds, if not thousands of dollars. 

"A little bit of spending right now can make up for a huge difference. Plumbing bills can be really high, especially if a pipe bursts," said Randy Dugan, who works at the Home Depot on South Virginia Street. 

That's why experts say now is the time to winterize your home, if you haven't already. But you do have some time left to get the job the done, before the cold weather comes. 

Hunter says, "The water in the pipes is moving. So just like a river, the edges freeze but in the middle it continues to flow. The same is true inside of the pipes."

At Home Depot, homeowners are grabbing items off of the shelves to winterize their properties. 

"You're going to be looking at pipe installation, some people are going to use heat tape. There's also other products that go over outside things as well, like hose spigots, valves," said Dugan. 

If you can, try to cover the exterior pipes to prevent additional freezing. 

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