The first thing to do in an emergency situation, is try to deal with it as quickly as possible. The pipes in your house are going to freeze and break, so we recommend the easiest way to prevent this is to have the main water valve turned off, and the hot water hot water valve opened. This way only the hot water gets turned on, the cold water pipes don’t have any water to release. The pipes in the basement are going to freeze and freeze, so turn off the water valves at the faucets in the basement, and keep the heat on for the pipes in the crawlspace. The hot water heater in the kitchen will also not be used, and the cold water pipes will also not be used, so have them inspected periodically. The cold water pipes are the ones that will freeze. Keeping your water heater at a temperature of about 55 degrees Fahrenheit is recommended, with a fan blowing up the air moving around the pipes. If the pipes in the basement freeze, open the faucets to allow the warm air from the kitchen to reach the frozen pipes.
To deal with clogs, one method, is to let a plunger do the job. The use of a plunger will ensure there is lots of air in the pipe to ensure the pipe doesn’t freeze, and also ensure there is a lot of turbulence so water can seep out of the pipe to drain. The use of a plunge is not recommended because a plunge is going to have a lot of banging and thumping, and thumping will be heard throughout the pipe, so the pipes could be causing the problem. A plunge is the worst option, and any method will work if they are given time. If you have an old plumbing system you can always get a plumber to check it out, if the problem is major.
If you have a problem with your drain then it may need to be serviced as a job. Drain cleaning is a big job, the drains are going to be clogged with material from the pipe, and anything you put down the drain will go down the drain, and also any machine you use will clog the drain.
Frozen pipes to fruzed the water supply. If your water heater is leaking then you need to check the lines, if your water heater is leaking, the supply lines, and the thermocouple lines. If the leak is on the outside of the water heater, it is going to be fairly easy to repair. You will need a screwdriver, a pipe cutter, a pair of slip-joint pliers, a bucket, a towel, and a torch.