How to keep your water pipes from freezing during cold weather

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GREENSBORO, N.C. -- With this cold weather snap this week, a few quick checks now around your house can help you avoid a real bummer later.

"Water freezes in the pipes and it swells, then when it warms up, the pipes burst. It can be really traumatic," said Williams Heating and Plumbing's John Fiori.

In just one weekend last year during cold weather, his company had about 50 calls from people whose homes flooded.

"Make sure you close your outdoor vents so cold air won't get into the crawl space; disconnect your outdoor hose from the faucet, wrap outside pipes with insulation and let your faucets drip just a little bit during freezing weather," said Fiori.