(WBNG) -- As the temperature continue to drop outside, it's time to take precautionary measures inside your home to keep your pipes from freezing.
Frozen pipes are one of the most common causes of property damage during frigid weather and can cause more than $5,000 in water damage.
The Water Treatment Facility in Binghamton is urging residents to take steps to prevent something from going wrong.
"For those that have experienced this before, it's imperative that you take the time to run your water a small amount," Jeff Kruger, Supervisor at the City of Binghamton Water Filtration Facility said. "A stream of water less than a pencil width is more than enough to keep your pipe from freezing."
Along with running your water, experts say to keep the thermostat set to the same temperature both during the day and at night. While a lower temperature may save on the heating bill, the warmer the temperature in your home, the better. Also, If you plan on going away, leave the heat on in your home and set it no lower than 55 degrees.
"When something goes wrong it can run into the thousands to have it repaired," Kruger said. "Our crews will be out and we will help wherever we can but we're not always the easiest solution."
Although Kruger says they haven't seen much in the way of problems so far, with the cold weather here to stay, experts say now is the time to prepare.
If you have questions about frozen pipes, you can contact the City of Binghamton's Department of Public Works at 607-772-7020