Please note that you should continue to run your water even if there are a few warm days at anytime prior to April 1st.
When the weather forecast calls for temperatures well below freezing, let faucets drip slowly, since moving water in pipes won't freeze. According to the Insurance institute, restoring your home after a pipe bursts could cost more than $5,000. The water can be used to water indoor plants, among other items.
And insulate pipes in unheated areas and open doors and cabinets to expose pipes to warmer air.
Know the location of main water shut-off valve.
"The water freezes in the hose, and therefore, the water can't drain out", he said.
A broken water pipe can be a messy - and costly - situation.
Wrap pipes with insulation material or heat tape.
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Shut off the water immediately.
The City provides water service to the property, this service is deep underground below the frost line and is insulated by the earth. "You turn it off then you essentially have a pond in your pipe", Scott Plumbing plumber Cody Schrock said. The Red Cross recommends several tips for protecting pipes, preventing freezing and thawing already frozen pipes.
Experts are warning people not to ever use an open flame to thaw the pipes.
Your water will be extremely cold (less than 35 degrees).
It's also advised to make sure heat is flowing to rooms with plumbing fixtures like bathrooms, kitchens and laundry rooms. The service pipe can freeze in this area of the home during the cold temperatures of winter.
That can lead to a crack or the entire pipe breaking.
Apply heat until full water pressure is restored.