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Winter weather wreaks havoc on water pipes

Take precautions to prevent costly mishaps

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When winter's cold hits, waterlines can become very vulnerable to damage. If the metal pipes become cold enough, water in the lines can freeze and expand, splitting the pipe or popping joints loose. When the ice thaws, water can pour through the damaged areas, resulting in quite a bit of damage to your home. Because of the easy access it provides to plumbing fixtures, crawlspaces are a favorite place for plumbing pipes to be located. The colder it gets in your locale, the more vulnerable those pipes are to freezing, so you need to take some precautions to protect your home from potential damage. The first step is insulation. If the underfloor area of your home is not insulated, it should be--there can be a substantial amount of heat loss through the floor, resulting in lots of wasted energy. But there is a bit of a catch-22 with floor insulation. When you insulate a floor and stop the heat loss into the crawlspace, you make the crawlspace colder and the pipes become that much more vul...