Prevent frozen pipes with these quick tips from Axil Plumbing & Heating

The weather outside is frightful and the fire truly is delightful… unless it isn’t enough to keep the pipes in your home from freezing.

With falling temperatures it seems we see a spike in calls relating to frozen water lines. Most people don’t often think about the possibility of water lines freezing. In reality, frozen lines can strike any home, regardless of the condition or age.

Need winterization tips? Visit our recent blog with winterization tips here.

Without further ado, here are our best tips to keep your water lines flowing through even the coldest winter weather.

  1. INSULATE WATER LINES – insulate any water lines in areas of concern. Often below cabinets or between heated spaces are the most vulnerable. Know that insulation alone is not enough to keep a line from freezing. All water lines should be in a heated conditioned space for best results.
  2. USE HEAT TAPE – or other tools to assist with preventing freezing in areas of concern.
  3. SLOW DRIP WATER – keep a slow trickle of water coming from both the hot and cold sides to keep water moving in the lines and reduce the chances of freezing.
  4. REMEMBER DRAINS – drain lines are also important to remember during cold spells. Keep the area below sinks warm by cracking or opening the cabinets to allow warm air in. Assist with a space heater (use with caution) or heat lamp to supplement if needed.
  5. IF A FREEZE HAPPENS – shut off your water supply at the main to prevent leaks in case of a burst/split pipe. Thaw the pipe and slowly turn the water back on at the main and monitor closely to check for water leaks. Listen for leaks that could be under the floor or in the walls. If you notice any water leaks, turn off the water and call our office immediately for repairs.

That’s the long and short of it. With these tips in hand you’re set for a winter of whatever mother nature throws your way. If you get cought in a bind or have any questions, don’t hesitate to call or text for help – we’re here for you!

Get Winter-Ready With Tips From Missoula’s Master Plumber

Trees are turning and so are temperatures in the Missoula area. With fall comes freezing weather that can cause problems for your home.

If you have enjoyed our recent mild winters, that time is over. The Farmer’s Almanac, which high shelves this August, suggests the coming winter will be cold and snowy for many parts of the country. They predict weather in the northwest to be cold in November, with increased moisture from pacific systems, and a “downright frigid” February.

Our Master Plumber Jason is going on his 13th Missoula winter as your preferred plumbing and heating technician and he was happy to put together this list of his best recommendations to help you and your home prepare for winter.

Use these tips to have your home winter-ready in no time — and don’t hesitate to contact us if we can help or something goes awry.

  • Remove Hoses from Outside Spigots
  • Shut Off Water to Outside Systems

  • Close Foundation Vents
  • Service Heating Equipment Yearly – (406) 493-1520

Most of the important winterization steps are cost-free and you can do them in no time. The most important winterization step, however, is servicing your heating equipment to prevent downtime during freeze season.

Whether you have a hot water boiler, a forced air furnace, or another heating source – they all require service to ensure they are cleaned, settings are correct/optimal, and there are no carbon monoxide, gas or other leaks that could compromise your family’s health.

Our team performs boiler services and furnace services to help protect the equipment and save on operating costs. Our customers enjoy the peace of mind that comes with knowing their system is ready to take on a Montana winter without the worry of equipment failure and downtime during frigid temperatures.


Use our cost-free and low-cost winterization tips to help keep you and your family warm and cozy this fall and winter season. Our expert staff is hands down the best around and are here to help. If you get in a bind while winterizing or need to schedule your heating system service, please contact us.

Have a safe and happy Halloween and enjoy your harvest season.

– The Axil Team