It's that time of year again, that freezing temperatures could cause problems with water pipes. Here are some tips to help avoid painful headaches and costly repairs:

  1. Keep garage doors closed (especially if there are water pipes in the garage).
  2. Open kitchen and bathroom cabinet doors to circulate warm air around water pipes. (NOTE: If young children are present, be sure to move any harmful chemicals)
  3. Drip cold water from faucets.
  4. Keep the thermostat set to a constant temperature. Do not set the temperature back at night. 
  5. If you're going away from your home for an extended period of time, keep the thermostat set at a temperature no less than 55 degrees.
  6. Of course, the best means of protection is to insulate water lines which could potentially freeze.

If your pipe(s) do freeze, turn on water to see if any is running at all. If so, let the water run. Running water could help move the frozen part through the line. Inspect the lines (as much as possible) for any splits or spots where the line has expanded/ballooned. If neither of these are visible, you may be able to warm the lines with a blow dryer, heating pad, or setting a space heater to blow warm air around the line. (NOTE: Ensure there are no flammable items in the path of the air flow which could ignite.) If none of these actions help, call a plumber.