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An ominous scenario on a cold winter’s night: You go for a glass of water and nothing comes out of the faucet, or maybe just a trickle. The likely culprit? A frozen pipe.
The situation could be dire and you need to take action immediately. Since water expands when it freezes, if you don’t deal with the problem quickly the pipe can break, leaving you with water everywhere and thousands of dollars in repair bills. Bursting a pipe is potentially the most catastrophic of wintertime home disasters.
How to find and melt the ice before it bursts:
Of course, the best way to deal with frozen pipes is to avoid the scenario entirely by taking preemptive measures:
Finally, be sure you know where the main water shutoff valve is in your house. If despite your best efforts a pipe does freeze and burst, turn off the water immediately to limit the damage.