Experts offer advice to keep your house protected during brutally cold 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 harsh 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.

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.

“That wind is coming through any nooks and crannies that it can on the outside, and it doesn’t take long for it to work its way into your walls or crawl space and things like that to freeze up your pipes,” 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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