Don't panic, home owner — read and carry on
It's time to start thinking about your pipes. Yes, pipes. We've got you covered with Pipes 411 by an expert plumber: prevent frozen water pipes, frozen water pipe symptoms and — just in case — how to thaw frozen water pipes.
What plumbers say about frozen pipes
Who do you turn to when you're worried about frozen pipes? A plumber, that's who. We've taken that step for you and spoke with Ed del Grande , master plumber, Kohler Co. spokesperson, contractor, and host on HGTVPro.com and DIY Network, and gathered everything you need to know about your pipes — the good, the bad and even the messy.
How to prevent frozen water lines
Any water line can ice up if exposed to below freezing temperatures. So while it's impossible to prevent frozen water lines, here are Ed's three basic tips to help avoid getting a frozen water line.
How to know if you have frozen water pipes
Ed explains that a frozen water line can act as if someone has turned off a shut valve to your plumbing fixtures. You'll know this has happened if one of two things occurs in your home.
What to do about frozen water pipes
So what do you do if this happens? Ed says to move fast! Acting as quickly as possible is the key to protecting your water pipes from splitting due to an expanding ice blockage. These are Ed's do's and don'ts.
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