Tips on how to protect your home during cold winter nights

FRESNO, Calif. (KFSN) -- It's that time of year again, time to prepare your family and home for the winter chill ahead.

Ian Williams of Fresno Ag Hardware has inexpensive ways to get you winter ready. Quick fixes like insulating your exposed water pipes that could prevent costly trouble down the road.

"Anything above ground it definitely recommended to wrap those pipes cause when they're not insulated they'll burst super easily."

Outdoor plants and trees can take a beating during the winter if you do not take the proper precautions.

"The first and most affordable way is to water them just before sundown. It keeps the roots warm overnight," said Williams.

Covering your plants and trees with one tents or mesh blankets is another simple way to minimize frost damage.

"The most at-risk plants are for sure your citrus trees, some of your indoor plants, or the ones underneath a patio. You might want to bring those in just in case," said Williams.

We caught Fresno landscaper Loren Behrens stocking up on winterizing material before heading out to his next job.

"During this time of year we got to take care of our people's plants. Plants are prone to freezing as well as the piping, so we try to take care of our customers."

And do not forget about your furry friend-- the cold winter chill can be rough on pets.

"We have really nice dog beds, dog houses, and we even have dog clothes. If your dog is outside he's pretty cold and you're going to want to keep him warm," said Williams.
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