SCOTCH PLAINS/FANWOOD, NJ -- With extremely cold weather in the forecast, New Jersey American Water reminds customers to take necessary measures to prevent frozen household pipes:

  • Protect your home by wrapping exposed pipes with insulation and eliminate sources of cold air near any waterlines. (Seal draft windows and plug drafts around doors). 
  • Allow a small trickle of water to run overnight to keep pipes from freezing.
  • Know the location of your main water shut-off valve. If a pipe freezes or bursts, shut the water off immediately.
  • To thaw pipes, apply heat from a hair dryer, space heater, or hot water. DO NOT USE a torch or open flame.

For more tips on preventing frozen pipes, visit newjerseyamwater.com, Click on Water Information and then on Wise Water Use.