Tips to prevent freezing pipes

When water freezes, it expands. If the temperature drops below 32 degrees, even for a short time, you run the risk of pipe fracture or worse. Here are some tips to prevent frozen pipes. Be sure to know where the main waterline shut-off is before a problem should occur.

  • Wrap pipes nearest to exterior walls and in crawl spaces with pipe insulation or heating tape.

  • Disconnect all garden hoses. Shut off valves and install covers to external faucets.

  • Open cabinet doors below sinks to allow heat from your home to circulate.

  • Drip a faucet that is the farthest from the place where your water enters the house. A slow drip will keep water moving reducing the chance of your pipes freezing.

  • Keep your garage door closed during extreme cold weather.

If you think your pipes have frozen don’t wait for nature to take its course.

  • Shut off the main waterline immediately.

  • To thaw a frozen pipe, first check the pipe in the area of the freeze. If the pipe looks broken or has a crack in it call a professional.

  • Open the faucet the pipe runs to before thawing a frozen pipe to allow water to flow through and relieve any built-up pressure in the pipe.

  • Use an electric heater, a hand-held blow dryer or heat lamp in a reflector to prevent a fire. Never leave these devices unattended for any amount of time.


If you are unable to locate the frozen area, if the frozen area is not accessible, or if you can’t thaw the area call us. We can help. 800-559-3559.

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