If water doesn't come out of faucets in the home when turned to the on position, leaks or frozen pipes may be the cause of the problem. In homes with a water well, examine the pump and water levels to determine the cause of the problem.
Frozen pipes typically occur when pipes are exposed to freezing temperatures. Warming the pipes inside the home helps to thaw any accumulated ice. To warm the pipes, open the cabinet doors that contain plumbing, and place a space heater in front of the area. Keep the faucets turned on until the water begins running, and allow the cold water to drip until the temperatures rise above freezing to prevent the problem.
Leaks may occur at any time and can be identified by examining the pipes that carry water into the home. The sound of running water when the faucets are turned off and damp spots around pipes inside the home can indicate a leak.
In homes with water wells, the problem may be the pump or another component of the well system. For instance, when the power is out, water may not come from the faucets because the pump requires electricity to operate. If the pump is working properly, the water levels in the well may be too low. A new well may be needed to remedy the issue if the water in the well is depleted.