Keep your pipes from freezing this winter by following this simple step

(Photo: Nate Belt)

ATLANTIC BEACH, Carteret County - Winter weather is firmly in place in Eastern North Carolina this week, so it's time to get your home ready for the cold.

Many homes in neighborhoods along the coast are without any type of insulation. When cold weather strikes, preventative maintenance becomes vital.

"The main the main defense is going to be insulation for your water lines," Mike Whitley, Pipe Cleaners Plumbing General Manager, said. "It's easy to find they sell it at your local hardware stores, Lowe's and Ace carry it."

This is good to keep in mind for any home, but Whitley said it's especially important in raised houses as the pipes are exposed underneath. Freezing temperatures can lead to pipe bursts and proper insulation will help keep those pipes nice and warm.

"A one inch wall for a half inch you plenty of coverage," Whitley said. "They sell it thinner than this, but I would recommend the one inch wall."

If you don't take the proper precautions, you could end up having to call someone like Mike Whitley and spending a lot more money in repairs than prevention.

"It's definitely the way to go versus a flooded home or busted pipes in the walls or underneath the house," Whitley said. "It's definitely the way to go."

If it sounds like a lot of work, don't worry too much. Putting the insulation on is a one time thing -- you don't have to worry about taking it off again in the summer.

Whitley said that the age-old method of leaving your faucets dripping can also help prevent freezing. It keeps the water moving through the pipes.

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