Meteorologists are predicting it’s going to be a harsh winter. But in addition to enjoying scattered flurries and mugs of spiked hot cocoa, you may be repairing frozen or ruptured pipes this year.

 

Although pipe maintenance is not at the top of everyone’s to-do list, major damage could occur to walls, doors, drywall, carpeting and flooring, resulting in tens of thousands of dollars in repairs.

 

The best way to deal with this problem? Avoid it. Russell Thomas, an expert from restoration and reconstruction company Best Restorations, explains: “The most important principle is prevention.

 

Precautionary measures are best taken before the season begins.”

 

Here are his tips to make sure your pipes don’t bust and you can go back to swigging that cocoa.