Freezing weather may bring discomforts but one of them, frozen water pipes, can be avoided with a little planning and a few simple steps. When frigid arctic air hits, water freezes, and as it freezes, it expands -- causing pipes to burst and possible flooding to occur.
Pipes that freeze most frequently are those that are exposed to severe cold, such as outdoor tap pipes, and water supply pipes in unheated interior areas such as basements and crawl spaces, attics, garages or kitchen cabinets. Pipes that run against exterior walls that have little or no insulation are also subject to freezing. A quick look in your attic could determine whether your pipes are exposed or not. If they do not have insulation around them they could be at risk.
There are several things that people can do to prepare for freezing weather, and there is one important thing everyone needs to know. Determine where the water shut-off valve is in the house and how to use it in case pipes freeze and break.