With temperatures predicted to fall into freezing teens this week, it is important for homeowners to take steps to prevent losses connected to frozen pipes. Insurance company State Farm reminds Alabama residents to take a few precautionary measures to keep pipes from freezing and bursting…Which could lead to destroyed floors, furniture, and appliances. State Farm officials say you beat the freeze by insulating pipes in unheated areas. And, disconnect outside garden hoses and seal foundation cracks that let arctic air freeze pipes in crawlspaces. There are a few simple tasks that can help protect pipes and homes when a severe freeze is predicted: Open cabinet doors. Run a small trickle of water from hot and cold faucets during extreme cold. Keep exterior doors to unheated spaces closed as much as possible during winter months. And, if you are taking a short trip or own a business that will be unoccupied for more than 24 hours, make arrangements to have the dwelling checked regularly during severe cold spells. You can even install a whole house water leak detection system.