Frozen Pipes Prevention

blue_black_sm.gif (138 bytes) Preventing and Thawing Frozen Pipes

blue_black_sm.gif (138 bytes) Before Cold Weather Hits

blue_black_sm.gif (138 bytes) During a Deep Freeze

blue_black_sm.gif (138 bytes) Thaw a Pipe That Is Already Frozen

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Preventing and Thawing Frozen Pipes

Freezing weather may bring discomforts but one of them, frozen water pipes, can be avoided with a little planning and a few simple steps. When frigid arctic air hits, water freezes, and as it freezes, it expands -- causing pipes to burst and possible flooding to occur.

Pipes that freeze most frequently are those that are exposed to severe cold, such as outdoor hose bibs, water sprinkler lines and water supply pipes in unheated interior areas such as basements and crawl spaces, attics, garages or kitchen cabinets. Pipes that run against exterior walls that have little or no insulation are also subject to freezing.

There are several things that people can do to prepare for freezing weather, and there is one important thing everyone needs to know. Determine where the water shut-off valve is in the house and how to use it in case pipes freeze and break.

The Fire Department recommends that every member of a household know this information and, similar to a fire drill, practice turning the valve off and on. To determine where a water shut-off valve is, locate the outside water line that leads to the residence. The water line usually flows directly from the water meter to a location inside the residence. Likely places for the water turn-off valve include internal pipes running against exterior walls or where water service enters a home through the foundation.


Before the onset of cold weather -
Prevent freezing of water supply lines


During Cold Weather
Take Preventive Action


To Thaw Frozen Pipes


Future Protection

For more information about frozen pipes, contact a licensed plumber or building professional.