Frozen Pipes? Here's What You Should Do.

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As the freezing temperatures continue, experts are warning residents about the dangers that extreme cold can have on their homes.

Just as standing bodies of water are starting to freeze over, so can water sitting in the pipes of your home.

With the winter season hitting South Jersey hard, experts with Servpro of Salem County say reports of frozen pipe bursts are beginning to pick up throughout the area.

Pipe bursts can quickly cause serious flood damage to homes, which is why knowing exactly what to do if it happens is so important.

Joe Lovell, operations manager at Servpro of Salem County, says that if you do experience a frozen pipe that bursts, the most important thing to do first is to "shut off the water main to your entire house until you can find out exactly where that frozen pipe is to be able to ... fix it or replace it."

To prevent frozen pipe bursts, experts say turn off all outdoor spigots, drain all water lines for things you aren't using (such as a garden hose) or that are in areas of the house that are not well insulated (such as your crawlspace) and maintain the temperature of your house to above 60 degrees.

Experts also say that if you let cold water drip from a faucet served by exposed pipes, it can also help prevent such pipes from freezing. 

Related: Kids of All Ages Urged to Stay Off Ice this Winter

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