Frozen pipes big concern with cold temps

BOISE, Idaho (KBOI) - Pipes in your homes can take a real beating during the winter months with these cold temperatures. If not protected, they can freeze up and cause a lot of problems.

Local plumbers say the number one reason that pipes freeze is when people leave non-insulated pipes exposed to the cold elements. They say it's a big mistake that most people will make if they're not careful.

"People have pets and they'll leave their garage doors open just a little bit so the cat or dog can get in and out. Obviously the cold air comes in but also all hot air escapes through the top of the garage door," said Roger Patterson, A1 Plumber.

Here are some other things you can do to prevent pipes from freezing:

-Keep the garage door closed, even for a quick errand
-Leave kitchen cabinets open and let your tap water flow slightly
-Close outside vents in your crawl spaces
-Know where your shut-off valve is in case an emergency happens.

United water says, it's also important to plan ahead. If you are leaving for a few days and plan on turning your heat off, drain all the water from the pipes, toilets and water heater.