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To avoid burst­ing pipes that can flood homes, “dress” all ex­posed pip­ing in the base­ment and on ex­te­rior walls for the weather.

“I learned the hard way,” says Karen E. Laine of the HGTV home-trans­for­ma­tion show Good Bones, who once had a base­ment flood. Take this easy DIY pre­cau­tion: Add pre-slit foam cuffs, avail­able at hard­ware stores for around $3 for 6 feet, to pipes. Un­like news­pa­pers or tow­els, which hold on to mois­ture, foam pro­vides ideal dry in­su­la­tion for steady tem­per­a­ture con­trol.

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