Tips to winterizing your home to avoid costly repairs

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KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- Sub zero temperatures don't just wreak havoc on your cards. Frozen pipes and water main breaks are also a huge concern.

If you've ever had a pipe burst in your home you know how big of a mess it can cause not to mention how costly it can be to repair. Experts say there are some simple steps you can take to prevent it from happening in your home.

KC Water Services says winterizing pipes will keep you from having to make costly repairs. It says make sure to insulate pipes and faucets in unheated areas like garages. Prevent frozen pipes by disconnecting and draining outdoor hoses and seal off access doors, air vents and cracks. And leave a pencil-lead-thin stream of water flowing during freezing weather.

Jerry Miller with Advocate Master Plumbing in Blue Springs says when it gets this cold his phone doesn't stop ringing off the hook. He advises knowing where the master shutoff valve is so that if a pipe does burst you can shut it off quickly minimizing water damage.

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