Frozen Pipe
Frozen Pipe

Arctic Air

Warm up the house! Arctic air rolls in for winter.


What’s cooler than being cool? Ice cold!

When you’re living in New England, dealing with cold weather just comes with the territory. Literally. Frigid temperatures throughout the Northeast are a recurring pattern every winter, and your water pipes hate it as much as you do. Potential subzero lows could lead to frozen pipes, which is enough to ruin your day to say the least.

Getting out of Dodge?

Planning a warm-weather getaway with your family for winter vacation? While you’re soaking up the sun, you may be leaving your home vulnerable to the cold. Nothing ruins a great vacation like coming home to a disaster. So before you head to the beaches, here are a few tips to help safeguard against frozen pipes.

Prevention is the best medicine

• Turn up the heat! Set the thermostat to the same temperature day and night.

• Open the kitchen and bathroom cabinet doors to allow warm air to circulate around plumbing.

• If you have an attached garage, keep the doors shut. Wind and cold air drafts increase the likelihood of a frozen pipe.

• If you are going away, shut off the water supply line to your washing machine.

• Drain and shut off all outside spigots.

• Have someone check on the house. Once the ice melts and the temperatures rise, the water will start to flow. Mark the shut off to the main water supply line so it can be easily identified.

How about some good news?

It’s not all bad! Cold temperatures don’t last forever, although sometimes it may feel like it. Springtime will be here sooner than you know it! And in the meantime, if you do get a frozen or burst pipe, rest assured that Arbella has your back.