Frozen water lines can create many problems, least of which is that it brings running water to a stand still. At worst, the pipes can begin to leak or burst to cause a flood and all the disastrous consequences associated with this type of plumbing catastrophe.

There are however a few steps that you can take to prevent the water lines in your home from freezing over during the winter months:

1. Heating

It is advisable to keep the heating on in your home especially if you will be away for any period of time. Although this may contribute to your power bill, it can prevent a catastrophe. However, it isn’t necessary to turn the heating all the way up, just enough to keep the pipes from freezing.

2. Dripping

Running water is less likely to freeze so keep your faucets open a touch and allow the water to drip out slowly. Keep in mind that a dripping tap wastes water so plug the basin, sink or tub and place a bucket or bowl under the drip to collect the water which can then be used for cleaning, bathing or other purposes. It is also recommended to turn your taps on every now and again if they have not been in use for a while and allow the water to run for a few seconds.

3. Insulate

Invest in foam rubber or other types of insulation sleeves that are designed to fit over pipes and prevent freezing. These are ideal for pipes that are exposed, for example in basements and ceiling spaces. Alternatively, apply some electrical heating tape to the pipes. You may want to hire a professional plumber, your plumber in edison, or heating specialist to provide the best insulation strategy and employ it for pipes that are not exposed or easily accessible.

4. Opening Doors

Pipes that are located in closets or cupboards (for example under the kitchen sink) get less heat and are therefore more likely to freeze. So open the door to let the heating in and keep those pipes warm to prevent frozen water lines. Remember that the temperature can drop significantly at night so it is important to open the doors before going to bed at night.

5. Sealing

Cracks, gaps, and holes in the walls, ceiling, and floor allow cold air in which can result in frozen pipes, especially if they occur near where the water pipelines are located in the walls. Simply seal up or caulk in these cracks for both the exterior walls as well as the interior. The added benefit of doing this is that your home will be warmer and you may even save money on your power bill as it will cost less to heat the structure.

If the pipes have become frozen, no water will come out of the taps. In this event, it is recommended to leave all the faucets turned on and call a plumber as soon as possible. They will have the necessary tools and expertise to defrost the pipes quickly and effectively without causing a plumbing disaster.