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By  Stephanie Springer  - bio | email

ALBANY, GA (WALB) –Our early season cold snap continues. We may get a little break this weekend before temperatures dip even lower next week. As you try to keep yourself and your pets warm, Don't forget about your pipes.A few simple steps can save you from costly repairs

Roger Rainey is gearing up for a busy weekend at Sizemore Plumbing. "There are a lot of people who are not wrapping their pipes, not letting it drip just for the simple fact of they don't know," he said.

So far he hasn't had too many calls about burst pipes, but he says calls might pick up this weekend.

When water freezes it expands, but when water freezes inside a pipe and expands that pipe bursts which can cost a homeowner a whole lot of money.

But with a few proactive steps, you can prevent a potential disaster. Fussell Hughes says he's having trouble keeping pipe wrap and other forms of insulation on his shelves, and in the past week he's had to re-order inventory twice.

He says at his store, Hughes Hardware, they sell several forms of inexpensive pipe protection that may save you a lot of money in the long run. "It is pretty inconvenient if you wrap it first you cut down your likelihood of having a busted pipe," he said.

Ward recommends wrapping any pipes or faucets exposed outdoors. He says if you are on city water, wrap the part that goes into the house. And if you are on a Well, wrap is the part that comes out of the tank and the controls.

But it's also important to pay attention to your sprinkler systems in the freezing weather as well. "If you just turn it off you don't have the possibility of flooding an area," said Ward Summerell, President of Advanced Sprinkler and Backflow Inc.

Just a few bucks and a trip to the hardware store can save you a lot of time and work in the end.

Experts say don't take chances. If you turn on your faucets and nothing comes out leave the faucets turned on and call a plumber. Also, never try and thaw a pipe with an open flame.

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