If you own a home or are a landlord, each winter you hope that we don't get a harsh winter.There is always a chance that your pipes could freeze. Here are a few tips that could save you a lot of time, money and stress. Winters in the Capital Region can be brutal and there are a ton of things you have to do to protect your home in these long cold months. According to News 10 ABC, the main causes of pipes freezing are your heat set too low, poor insulation and drops in temperature.

Here are some things that you can do to take precautions to help protect your home.

  • Take off outside garden hoses. This will prevent the outside faucets from freezing because of standing water inside the hoses.
  • Seal all leaks. Check for air coming in through dryer vents, pipes, and around electrical wiring. Use caulk to seal the leaks
  • Insulate pipes. If the pipes are exposed, they are more likely to freeze.
  • Let hot and cold water drip from faucet overnight. This will help keep a flow of water through the pipes and keep them from freezing.
  • Keep the temp in your house the same at night so that the pipes are at a consistent temp.
  • Open cabinet doors to allow heat in. This will help the exposed pipes under the sinks and appliances to let heat in.

These are just tips and may not prevent your pipes from freezing. But if you follow some of these you may prevent unnecessary stress.