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One plumbing company offers tips to protect your pipes during the winter

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(KWWL) - The brutal winter temperatures can cause a lot of problems to your home like bursting your pipes.

KWWL spoke with Benjamin Franklin Plumbing Company in Cedar Rapids, for tips you can use to protect your pipes.

The number one thing you should do is leave your faucets running on hot and cold, just enough to drip. To allow your pipes to warm up, turn your heat up and open your cabinet doors.

Owner Thomas Hutson knows people want to try to save money on energy bills, but said turning up the heat can save you in the long run.

"A second story home and a waterline freezes up on the second story and it bursts, I mean that water is running down through the walls, to the sheetrock, through the floors all the way down to the basement, so it can do a lot of damage in a short period of time," Hutson said.

Being located in Cedar Rapids, Hutson said they've serviced a lot of homes with derecho damage. He also added a common problem they've seen in those homes has been less insulation.

"During that storm, it moved insulation around so now what used to be insulated, now there's gaps in there," Hutson said, "with winds getting in there and that wind is finding the pipes and freezing it so we are finding that quite a bit."

Until you can get a professional to handle it, Hutson recommends going around your home to find and cover up any drafts the best you can.

Hutson said they've also met a lot of people who don't know where their main water shut off is. If you're unsure where yours is, call an expert in to point it out to save you from extensive damage.

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Alaina Kwan

Morning Reporter

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