City of Rockford Water Division & local plumbers give tips to prevent frozen pipes

ROCKFORD, Ill. (WIFR) -- As temperatures struggle to reach the double digits, many home owners are experiencing frozen pipes. However, there are a few things we can do to keep our homes safe and prevent our pipes from freezing.

"Cold air and water don't mix,” says property owner Vern White.

White has owned an apartment building for more than 30 years. He's no stranger when it comes to seeing frozen pipes.

"I have another spot here on the location, it freezes almost every year,” says White.

White says some of the pipes run near the outside of the apartment, which causes cold air to get through, freezing the water inside them.

"We're going to have to do some rerouting of the plumbing to get the pipes away from that outside wall and cavity,” says White.

That's why he called in licensed plumber Justin Ludwig.

"This is my fourth call now for freezing pipes,” says Ludwig.

Ludwig says problems in the foundation of homes and a lack of insulation makes it easy for pipes to freeze.

"We will be sliding insulation down the piping and that will help keep that cold movement going across the pipe to hopefully keep it from freezing up again,” says Ludwig.

As a way to keep us and our homes safe the city of Rockford's Water Division has issued tips we can use to prevent frozen pipes.

The division advises home owners to insulate pipes in unheated areas, open cupboards under sinks to allow indoor heat to warm up the pipes and temporarily run a faucet to keep water flowing.

As for White, he'll be making some changes to hopefully prevent frozen pipes in the future.

"You put all the plumbing connection as far back as you can, I'm going to have to have them moved up to the front so the piping is more inside,” says White.