Tips to weatherproof your home and keep pipes from freezing

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INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. (Feb. 17, 2015) - Central Indiana is in for several days of brutally cold temperatures. As the mercury drops there are several steps homeowners can take to conserve heat and prevent pipes from freezing.

An employee with North American Contractors showed how much heat can escape by using a thermal imaging gun. Cold air can seep in through windows, door frames and seams where walls meet the ceiling or floor. Hot air can also escape through a poorly insulated attic.

"It's not uncommon for a house to lose up to 20% annually of heating and it's an unfortunate time of year and not is when we really need to address it and when we can really find it by doing things such as thermal imaging," said Isaac Larrison, a business consultant with North American Contractors.

Homeowners can add insulation to keep the heat in but that can be expensive. Some solutions involve a trip to the hardware store and little out of pocket cost. Larrison recommends buying outlet covers, door sweeps, weatherstripping and insulated curtains as low cost solutions to weatherproof your home.

Even in a well insulated house pipes can freeze. Plumbers recommend keeping cabinet doors open to let the warm air in. Running a small stream of water through faucets will also help prevent pipes from freezing.

"It's usually when you're on the outside wall, we have a lot of problems with kitchens cause most kitchen sinks are on the outside wall of the house," said Doug Scaggs with B & W Plumbing and Heating.

B & W Plumbing and Heating responded to nearly a dozen calls for frozen pipes on Monday. Most cases are preventable but if frozen pipes burst the damage can be thousands of dollars.

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