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Hardware stores help homeowners protect pipes

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CHARLESTON, West Virginia -

Freezing temperatures can cause problems if the pipes inside your home are not properly protected.

Pile Hardware in Charleston was busy Monday with several people looking for supplies to keep their pipes from freezing.

They are expecting an even bigger rush of people Tuesday as temperatures continue to fall.

The store has several options available from inexpensive foam wraps to more costly heat tape that can be wrapped around pipes and plugged into an outlet.

Pile Hardware owner Bill Pile says another solution if your are not sure all of the pipes in your house are protected, is to let water run slowly through a faucet at night when temperatures dip to freezing levels.

Most hardware stores can offer advice on what solution is best for you.