AUSTIN (KXAN) - It costs the average home $40 to $50 to insulate the pipes outside of their homes. The cost of not insulating can be a lot higher.
"Even if it doesn't get really cold, better be safe then sorry," said Arie Freeberg of Breed & Co. off 29th Street.
But the mild winter so far is leaving some home owners in no rush to winterize their home.
"We just cross our fingers and say it will be OK," said one homeowner.
ABC Home and Commercial Services has a few suggestions to protect your home, in case winter throws Central Texas an unexpected blast.
"On these hard freeze nights, it's better to let the whole home get a little bit warmer, " Randy Pederson of ABC Home and Commercial Services.
The kitchen sink is a popular place for busted pipes.
"Open the doors over night because the warmth of the house will get back to the pipes better, "Pederson said.
When temperatures go below 25 degrees for a 24 hour period, drip your faucets.
The No. 1 safety measure this winter, know where your water cutoff valve is.
Odds are if your pipe busted so did other homeowners, keeping plumbers busy.
A good portion of cost from a busted pipe is not repairs but from damages.
The freezing and near-freezing rain that swooped into Central Texas overnight prompted numerous school closings and delays and made for a harrowing morning commute on Friday.
A man is charged with murder in the shooting death Wednesday of a woman at a North Austin auto repair shop, police said Friday.
A man is expected to survive after being stabbed in the head at the Salvation Army shelter in Downtown Austin at about 3:45 a.m. Friday.
As the Austin area prepares itself for an impending winter storm on Friday, Dec. 6, many schools have already announced delays.
With freezing temperatures pushing through the region, heating systems will likely be working overtime, which can bring rising energy bills.
Investigators are looking into an overnight fire that left one woman with third-degree burns.