When freezing temperatures come howling in, your home or business could be at risk for freezing pipes. If the mercury drops, and your faucets, showers or toilets stop flowing, a frozen pipe could be the culprit.Freezing pipes are just the start of the problem. Over time, as pipes freeze and thaw, you run the risk of bursting pipes. You need to take immediate action to prevent any catastrophic damage to your home or business when a pipe ruptures.
Immediately locate and shut off your main water valve.
If a pipe in your home or business bursts, water will keep flooding through the break point until you restrict water flow to the pipe. Shutting the main water valve should prevent any water from entering the interior plumbing system. The faster you can close off the water, the less clean up you’ll have to deal with.
Turn off the electricity.
If necessary, locate the main electrical panel and turn off the electricity to the affected area. Water is an excellent conductor of electricity, which can be a dangerous combination inside of your home or business.