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Simple ways to protect your pipes from freezing on cold nights

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Thursday will be one of the coldest nights in the Tri-States in a few years and that could cause some major issues for the pipes in your house.

Ted Siebers with Quincy Heating and Plumbing Distributors says insulating your pipes or using a warming tape can help prevent issues. But when the temperatures start dropping, it might be a good idea to let your faucets drip to keep the water moving.

Siebers says opening the doors to cabinets or closets with pipes would also allow warmer air to get to them.

But how do you know when you have a problem?

"The tell-tale sign when your pipes are frozen is when you turn your water on you don't get any water, because it will obviously stop your water, so the first pipe to check would be your warm water," he said.

He added the warm water pipes will actually freeze first. Most importantly, he said that if you know your pipes are frozen, you'll want to get a plumber in right away to prevent any further damage.

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