Tips to protect your house from sub-zero temperatures

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INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. (Jan. 7, 2015)– Now that the cold is here, experts say it’s not too late to take steps around your house to keep it safe from the brutal Indiana winter.

“If your faucet’s on an outside wall, what you want to do is just let the water trickle slightly, said Dave Mejean with B & W Plumbing and Heating.  “If you notice you don’t have any water coming out, you probably need to call right away so we can find out where that is before it lets go.”

He also said, opening cabinet doors under sinks lets warm air circulate around the pipes and helps to keep them from freezing.

Mejean says the sustained cold, like central Indiana will see Wednesday and Thursday, causes big, expensive problems at homes.

“If you get a pipe that freezes, you may not know that for a little while,” he said. “Once that water thaws in there, you’re going to have water spraying out all over the place.”

Mejean says the wind itself exposes a lot of deficiencies in homes that add to that problem.

“Any home that’s on a crawl space , if you have crawl space vents around your house, you probably want to get those sealed off at least until this extreme temperature goes away,” he said.

Elsewhere in a home, he said, when it’s this cold, furnace filters should be changed every few weeks.

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