Handy tool for homeowners when temps freezing

TYLER, TX (KLTV) - Our little cold spell could still cause major problems for East Texas homeowners. As the temperatures dip and stay there, pipes are still very vulnerable to freezing and then breaking.

If it happens at your house, plumbers say it is a good idea to have a water meter key handy.

A quick turn, shuts off the water running through those broken pipes to help keep the repair bill from busting your wallet.

"In case a plumber can't get there right away, you're not losing any water and not doing anymore water damage," explained Cliff McCoy, with McCoy's Plumbing.

A water meter key will run you about $15. You can get them at most hardware, or plumbing supply stores.

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