Prepare for winter and avoid repairs

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The snow-capped mountains mean it is time to winterize homes and property in the Anza Valley. Anza Valley Outlook/Diane Sieker photo
Cold weather arrived in Anza and the mountain communities recently. Freezing winter temperatures are common at this time of year, but many residents have seen frozen and broken water pipes, dead car batteries, shivering livestock, low supplies of warming fuel and iced windshields as the result. Residents can winterize their home, car and animals in preparation for when the thermometer dips below 32 F, as heavy storms and freezes can cause dry rot, downed tree branches, roof leaks, broken water pipes and flooding. Exterior home maintenance should start with an inspection of the foliage around it. Check the trees and limbs to make sure they are in good health and not so close as to cause damage when Santa Ana winds roar into the valley. All branches should be trimmed 3-6 feet from the
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