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Temperatures are expected to dip into the low teens over the weekend in the Atlanta area. Dangerously low temperatures will arrive on Friday.

A wind chill advisory is in effect from midnight Thursday through noon on Saturday. The wind chill on Saturday morning will be below zero – the coldest since 2015.

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All of this spells bad news for water pipes inside your home. When water freezes it causes the pipes to expand and crack. The expense caused by broken pipes due to freezing temperatures can be avoided by letting your faucet drip overnight.

Unfinished basements, crawl spaces, attics or garages are the problem areas where pipes freeze inside the walls.

Run central heating or a furnace at night to keep your homes (and pipes) warm. It is not recommended to run space heaters at night for safety reasons.

To avoid frozen pipes, open a water faucet furthest away from where the water enters your home from outside. It is recommended to run cold water in a steady trickle about the width of a cooked spaghetti strand.

Open cabinet doors under your sink to allow warm air from your home to warm your pipes.

Watch the video below for more tips.