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GRAND FORKS, ND (WDAZ)--If you’re heading out of town for the holidays, experts have some tips to make sure you don’t return to a big mess.

Tom Bock of Great Plains Heating and plumbing says some people shut off the heat or drastically turn down the thermostat  to try and cut costs when they're out of town-but that's just asking for trouble.

He says anything lower than eight degrees below your normal house temperature could freeze pipes.

Plus it'll cost you more money to crank the heat back up when you return home.

"Typically after Christmas we'll have half a dozen calls with frozen apartments or frozen houses and busted water lines and everything else because they typically shut the thermostat off  or leave a window cracked open and freeze the house up,” said Bock.

Bock says it's also not a bad idea to leave a faucet dripping to keep the water flowing, especially if you live in a mobile home.