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Winterize Your Home to Prevent Frozen Pipes

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WAKE UP NORTHWEST- Colder temperatures means taking a few simple steps to winterize your home.

We caught up with the experts at Roto-Rooter Plumbing in Yakima to find out how to prevent frozen pipes.

Now water has a unique property because it expands as it freezes. That could mean trouble for your pipes. Roto-Rooter tells us hose connections can lead to the biggest issues if you don't take the time to take hoses off the hose bibs and put insulated domes to prevent water from freezing and breaking them. 

"If you leave the hose on, it'll freeze a section called the frost-free section. Once you go turn the hose on next spring, it starts flooding into your crawl space or the wall, depending on where it's at, major damage could happen depending on how quickly you find the problem," said Brook Scheuffele, Supervisor at Roto-Rooter.

Some of the major damage they see is mold and wood rotting. Now along with taking care of outdoor hose bibs, take the time to check around the home for water supply lines in unheated areas like your basement, attic and garage.