Protecting your pipes as the cold comes through

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COLLEGE STATION, Tex. (KBTX) – Freezing temperatures for homeowners mean making sure the pipes in and around your home are prepped so they don't burst and cost you money and a headache.

Michael Mahoney is a service technician with JBG Plumbing. He says every year, they get dozens of calls about busted pipes that weren't covered properly.

"Water freezes in the pipes, and if you're not careful, it will break the pipe,” said Mahoney.

That's why he suggests you prep your spigots with pipe insulation and duct tape.

"In a bind, you can use newspaper and duct tape, but it's only a temporary fix,” said Mahoney.

JBG is also giving away faucet covers that keep cool air out.

"Just get a slight drip going to keep some water moving through the pipe,” said Mahoney. “Take the ring inside your cover wrap it on top, push your cover flush to the wall and pull it taught."

If you don't have one of those, you can use a rag, saran wrap and tape to cover your faucet. That's just a temporary fix, though.

For more information on how to get a free faucet cover, visit