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Prevent Your Pipes From Freezing This Winter

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You’ve always dreamed of having a swimming pool in your house like the celebrities on MTV Cribs, but you probably didn’t imagine it in your basement, caused by a broken pipe.

Let’s take a quick trip back to middle school science class. When water freezes, it expands. When that happens in your pipes, your pipes can burst. Interestingly enough, it’s actually not the formation of ice or radial expansion of ice in the pipe that causes the breakage. Rather, a complete ice blockage will cause a buildup of water pressure downstream. It’s that buildup of thousands of pounds of pressure that ultimately causes a pipe to burst.

Now, fast-forward to adult life. Your pipes burst on a cold winter night. That can translate to major property damage and major wallet damage. In fact, frozen or broken water pipes are second only to hurricanes in terms of the cost and the number of homes damaged across the country (Insurance Information Network of California).

View the slideshow above for what you can do to prevent bursting pipes.

Here's 10 Tips for Dealing With Water Damage and 5 Bad Home Maintenance Habits To Leave Behind In 2013.

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Tags: Home Improvement and Repair, Winter

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