A couple of weeks ago there were freezing temperatures throughout much of the nation. In the South, where it rarely gets that cold, many people found themselves dealing with frozen pipes. If not handled correctly, frozen pipes can turn into an expensive problem. Make sure you know what to do to prevent your pipes from freezing, so you don’t find yourself dealing with an expensive plumber bill.

How to Prevent Frozen Water Pipes

If you know the weather is going to be cold overnight, there are a few things you can do to prevent your pipes from freezing.

  • Open the cabinets under the sink.
  • Let your faucets drip overnight.
  • Cover outside water faucets and unhook the hoses.
  • If you have a well, make sure your pump doesn’t freeze. We have a space heater in our pump house that we turn on when the weather gets cold.
  • Make sure the pipes under your house are insulated.
  • Know where your main water shutoff valve is, just in case.

What to Do if Your Pipes Freeze

If your pipes do freeze, try not to panic. Inspect the pipes to look for any cracks. If they are cracked, turn off your water at the main valves and call a plumber.

If you don’t see any cracks, try to thaw the pipes with a hairdryer. Angelsong, one of my readers, recently used a space heater to thaw her pipes. Just don’t use a torch with an open flame. It’s better to have frozen pipes than a burned down house. And when you’re using any kind of electricity, make sure there is no standing water. You don’t want to electrocute yourself either.

With a little foresight, most of the time freezing pipes can be prevented.

Do you have any other suggestions for preventing frozen pipes?

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