Protecting pipes from freezing temps could save you money

WEST ASHLEY, SC (WCSC) - Every winter large displays are put together at home improvement stores to remind people to be proactive when it comes to preventing pipe damage.

"A lot of people worry about so many things. They aren't worried about 'Oh my pipes are going to freeze' but it is a very important thing," said Home Depot plumbing department representative Alex Dixon.

Dixon said before the first big freeze there always seems to be a last minute rush of customers who spend about $40 on pipe coverings.

"That is a little bit of money compared to how much money you would really spend if your pipes burst or anything like that. You really don't want to spend that much money," said Dixon.

Owner of Binder Plumbing Mike Binder said just one leak could cost $200.

"It's the damage to your house that can be the real expensive problem. Because water and hard wood floors and sheet rock and all that don't mix well," said Binder.

Binder said over the years he's gotten less calls after a big freeze because people are learning what to do.

"The easiest thing to do when you are in doubt would be to drip the faucets or the areas that you think would be a problem," said Binder.

Binder said to make sure you drip faucets on the left and right side of the house, both the hot and cold pipes. He said the outside of the house should also be protected.

"Probably the number one things for freezing is the hose bib, if it's going to get really cold you can cover your hose bibs," said Binder.

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