Everyone has a plumbing at some point in time. This article problem helps with both so that you need for all kinds of plumbing emergencies.
If a pipe freezes, turn on the tap to the faucet nearest the pipe so that the water has somewhere to exit as the pipe thaws. This relieves the pressure contained in the pipe as it also prevents it from bursting, which can prevent further damage to your home.
Do not pay your plumber until the problem is fixed. It is customary to put down one-third to one-half of the total cost before the work is started, but always wait to pay the rest of the balance until the job is totally finished. You should know the plumber did his job before they get your money.