Avoid Frozen Pipes

Make sure your home or business is ready for Winter with these handy tips to avoid frozen pipes.

Before the Cold Weather Sets In

  • Check sprinkler or irrigation systems. Make sure everything is turned off and drained.
  • Eliminate sources of cold air near water lines. Fix drafty windows and plug drafts around doors. Identify your home’s freezing points.
  • Know how to shut off your water.
  • Protect your pipes. Wrap them with insulation.

When Temperatures Stay Below Freezing

  • If pipes run through cabinets or vanities, open the doors to let warmer room temperature flow in.
  • Keep water moving through the pipes by allowing a small trickle of water to run.

If Your Pipes Do Freeze

  • Shut off the water immediately.
  • Thaw pipes with warm air, with a hair dryer or space heater. Do not leave space heaters unattended and do not use kerosene heaters or open flames.
  • Be careful turning water back on. Once pipes are thawed, slowly turn the water back on and check pipes and joints for any cracks.