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Protecting your pipes from the cold will help your home and your wallet

Do not, under any circumstances, use an open flame, candle or torch to unfreeze pipes.

That can be extremely dangerous, a space heater or a hair dryer and a little patience should do the trick. ( Photo Credit: Markita Bady)

Pipes can be affected by the cold just like our bodies are, if they get too cold, they stop working.

Just like we have ways to protect ourselves from the extreme weather, here are some ways to protect your pipes.

Dangerously low temperatures could cause some serious damage to your home.

According to John Davis of Blessing Company Plumbing and Heating in Grand Blanc, your water pipes in particular.

A frozen or busted water pipe can be tough, to clean up and to pay for.

"It could be anywhere from $150 up to $500 or more," said Davis.

Davis says there are a few ways to take care of your pipes and avoid that bill.

"You can just leave the water faucet just trickling or dripping,” he said. “It won't freeze if the water is moving".

You also might want to head to the hardware store to seal up gaps and holes around the perimeter of the house.

the gaps and holes around the perimeter of the house to try and keep the pipes in a warm area"

Then swing the plumbing department for pipe insulation, which costs about $5 a section.

Overall, keeping your pipes warm won't cost you as much as replacing them.

One vital tip wanted to share was not, under any circumstances, use an open flame, candle or torch to unfreeze pipes.

That can be extremely dangerous, a space heater or a hair dryer and a little patience should do the trick.

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