It is really cold out.  Just like being exposed to cold weather can be dangerous to us, it isn’t doing our pipes any favors either.  The water inside your pipes can freeze in cold weather.  As freezing water expands, it increases the pressure inside the pipes, potentially leading to burst pipes, and inconvenient and costly water damage.  Pipes most at risk for freezing are exposed pipes in unheated areas of the home, pipes located in exterior walls, and plumbing on the exterior of the home.

We have already told you that in preparing for winter, you should remove the hoses from your outdoor spigots and close your outdoor water shutoff.  But here are some more things you can do to prevent frozen pipes.

If you suspect a frozen pipe, for example if water is only coming out at a trickle: