How to Prevent Frozen Pipes in Your Home

Posted February 11, 2021

For Immediate Release



Brittni Rhoads




How to Prevent Frozen Pipes in Your Home

Cold Weather with Below Freezing Temperatures Can Cause Pipes to Freeze and Burst

The Plumbing, Heating & Cooling Contractors of Long Island has issued a frozen pipe alert for Long Island. We are experiencing freezing temperatures throughout Long Island, along with winter weather conditions. The PHCC of Long Island would like to warn homeowners about the potential for frozen pipes, which could lead to pipes bursting. Broken pipes can cause expensive, dangerous, and severe flood damage. Homeowners are urged to take immediate and cost-effective preventative steps.


All homes should be inspected to evaluate the potential for frozen pipes and vulnerable areas, as well as take preventative steps to ensure that no damage occurs.


PHCC of Long Island recommends homeowners take the following preventative steps:


  • Disconnect garden hoses. Be sure to shut off the indoor valve to prevent water from reaching pipes that lead outdoors.
  • Close all vents. Crawl spaces will not typically drop to below freezing temperatures, but pipes are vulnerable if the vents are left open.
  • Leave cabinets open. This will allow for warm air to surround pipes.
  • Keep your thermostat on the same temperature all day and night.
  • During cold periods, periodically run cold and hot water for 10 minutes or more from sinks, showers and faucets.
  • Look for and seal exterior leaks and cracks that allow cold air inside/near pipes. Leaks are commonly found around electrical, telephone, or cable TV wiring entrance points, vents, and pipes.
  • Examine your windows to make sure that none are broken, as broken windows can allow cold air to reach spaces behind walls where pipes are located.
  • DO NOT put antifreeze or other corrosives chemicals in any plumbing appliances.
  • DO NOT use torches or fire to warm pipes.


What to Do if Your Pipes Freeze or Burst:

  1. If a pipe bursts, immediately turn off the water at the main shutoff valve.
  2. If pipe is frozen, turn faucets on. Hair dryers and space heaters can be used to thaw a frozen pipe.
  3. Call a licensed master plumber from the PHCC of Long Island!


Your home should only be trusted to licensed professionals. Be sure to call a licensed master plumber from the PHCC of Long Island. Visit for a directory of licensed plumbers throughout Long Island.


About the PHCC of Long Island: The Plumbing, Heating and Cooling Contractors of Long Island, established in 1939, is an organization of professional licensed master plumbers, heating contractors and cooling contractors operating on Long Island. Membership consists of established businessowners who recognize the advantages of membership in a professional organization that represents the PHC industry. Members are committed to protect the health and safety of the public through establishment, adherence, and compliance to detailed code requirements.  This objective is realized through high standards, legislative work, and continuing education. Please visit for more information about the PHCC of Long Island.