Press Release

Tips to Avoid Frozen Pipes

City of Blackfoot

December 19, 2017


Baby, it's cold outside!  Here are some tips to avoid frozen pipes in homes and businesses:


When the weather is very cold outside, let the cold water served by exposed pipes continuously run from the faucet at a pencil-sized stream.  Running water through the pipe - even at a trickle - helps prevent pipes from freezing.  This is most important at night, when you should leave the tap that is farthest from where the main water pipe enters your home, running at a trickle.


Keep garage doors closed if there are water supply lines in the garage.  Open kitchen and bathroom cabinet doors to allow warmer air to circulate around the plumbing.  Be sure to move any harmful cleaners and household chemicals out of the reach of children and pets.


Keep the thermostat set to the same temperature both during the day and at night.  By temporarily suspending the use of lower nighttime temperatures, you may incur a higher heating bill, but you can prevent a costlier repair job if pipes freeze and burst.


If you will be going away during cold weather, leave the heat on in your home, set to a temperature no lower than 55° F.