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GERMANTOWN, Tenn. (FOX13) -

For the next several days the Mid-South is going to be under the threat of freezing temperatures that could end up causing  a lot of damage to homes and businesses in the form of frozen pipes.

With bone-chilling arctic conditions knocking on our doorstep, there is no need to head to the grocery store to stock up on bread and milk.

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This cold front is not snow or ice, it is sub-freezing cold. Though the region has experienced a slight warm-up since the last arctic plunge in December 2013, you want to make sure your house and business is still weatherproofed.

If you don't have Styrofoam-style cups on your outdoor faucets, make sure they are covered because frozen pipes are going to be the biggest problem we're going to be facing.

Justin Wagner and his family have seen it all before. They own Germantown Hardware and they preach and preach: prevention is a lot cheaper than repairs if pipes do break.

"From what I've seen it's going to be cold for a lot of days actually, so if it's cold for more than a day that takes a lot on your pipes," Wagner said. "It's worth it. Go get those $2.99 faucet covers and get it taken care of. Also pipe warmers for the attic. Yes, we got those as well as the electric kind that you can plug in and you can heat your pipe."

Craig Knox and others at Crye-Leike Property Management, are also believers in prevention when it comes to protecting your home or business from the cold.

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"It finds the most vulnerable spot, if there is an exposed gap in the gable of the attic the water heater supply line that's not insulated if can get that," said Knox, Crye-Leike Property Management general manager. "We go further than the hose bib. We just turn the water off at the street. We actually blow the pipes out."

"The key is cutting the water off to the house, that's the whole key," said Dick Leike, realtor. "Cause even if you do have a heated house you can't count on that covering all the bases for your house. It could be some little nook where the cold air gets to it and a pipe freezes and the house floods, but if nothing else. People who are getting nervous, just cut the water off to the property, because if something freezes it will be flood damage more than anything else."

Hardware stores and realtors like Crye-Leike said when you do turn the water back on do it slowly, so if a pipe did freeze you won't cause water damage by turning out the water flow fully.

Good luck and may your pipes last forever.

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