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When exposed to extreme temperatures, under-insulated pipes—especially those that run along an exterior wall or an unheated garage—can freeze and cause major problems. To protect pipes, first ensure that your walls are adequately insulated, and consider wrapping specialized heating tape around particularly vulnerable areas, such as water pipes that run along exterior walls. Heating tape can be plugged into an outlet, which will heat the water in your pipes to prevent freezing and bursting. Avoid installing heating tape inside walls, ceiling, or floors, where it can pose a fire hazard.
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