Tips to prevent your pipes from freezing

Posted at 4:49 PM, Jan 16, 2019
and last updated 2019-01-16 17:49:17-05

OMAHA, Neb. (KMTV) — Winter has set in. And experts often talk about getting your car ready for the cold, but there's another issue that could pop up if you don't prepare.

Damage related to a frozen pipe could cost you about $12,000 per insurance claim. State Farm agent, Kyle Iske said his office sees about ten to 20 claims like that a year.

However there are easy ways to prevent your pipes from freezing:
1. Turn on your sink and slowly let it drip
2. Open cabinets to let warm air hit the pipes
3. Don't set your thermostat below 55 degrees

Pipes can freeze anywhere due to exposure and Iske said these few simple steps will save you in the long run. "Your home is your biggest investment in your life so you definitely want to make sure you're taking care of it and it saves you time on the back end from fixing the problem as well," said Iske.

Pipes can also freeze due to cracks or holes. Iske said if you notice this, turn off the main water supply and call a plumber.