Here's what you can do now at home before the freezing temps

HOUSTON, Texas (KTRK) -- The time to act to protect your home from freezing weather is before the temperatures drop.

Luke Burkhalter is a licensed master plumber with the family-owned business Alan's Plumbing in Missouri City.

Burkhalter said you could save yourself money by doing a few simple things ahead of frigid temperatures. He said you should focus your efforts on protecting any exposed pipes that are outside your home.

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"You want to insulate and stop the wind and the cold from breaching the pressured lines on the pipes coming outside," said Burkhalter. "Usually if a freeze hits, it hits at night then goes away. Not a big deal. When it hits and stays cold, that's when everything starts breaking down inside the plumbing systems. That's when you get your busts and your breaks."

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