BELLEVILLE – The Illinois American Water is giving homeowners tips to prevent freezing and bursting pipes. According to the utility company, now is the time to safeguard plumbing to prevent water damage from frozen and burst pipes. Before frigid weather sets in, they remind you to eliminate sources of cold air near water lines and knowing the location of your main shut-off valves. If temperatures are consistently near freezing, it is safe to allow a small trickle of water to run overnight to keep pipes from freezing. According to the Illinois American Water, the cost of extra water is low compared to the cost of repairing a broke pipe. In the event that a pipe freezes, shut off water immediately and do not attempt to thaw frozen pipes unless the water is shut off. Freezing can cause unseen cracks in pipes.