Some of the most expensive winter home repairs involve frozen and broken pipes and the management at Illinois American Water wants to make sure you avoid that headache this winter. Spokesman Karen Cotton says preventative maintenance starts with insulating the pipes in your home but reminds there are other things you can do as well.

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If your pipes do freeze, Cotton says you should make sure everyone in the house knows where the main water shut-off valve is and that water is shut off before you try to defrost any pipes.

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