Winter is here and with dropping temperatures comes a greater risk of frozen pipes. When water freezes in a pipe, it expands which can cause it to burst and create serious water damage to your home or commercial business. Pipes that are most likely to freeze are exposed to extreme cold weather- i.e. pipes located in unheated areas of your home, like the basement, attic, garage or crawl space, and pipes that are poorly insulated (including pipes that run along exterior walls).
The good news is that frozen pipes are preventable if you take the proper precautions. Here are some tips on how you can prevent a water damage from frozen pipes in your home or commercial business:
Make sure your pipes are properly insulated in unheated areas. Keep your thermostat the same throughout the night & day, and always keep it above 55 degrees. If the temperature outside is below freezing, let your faucets drip- running water is less likely to freeze. Open the cabinets in your kitchen & bathroom- this allows warmer air to circulate around the pipes. Outdoor hoses should be removed & kept inside during the winter.
If you suspect a frozen pipe in your home or commercial business, you can attempt to thaw it by using heat- a hairdryer, heating pad or hot towels are some examples. Never use an open flame device, such as a blowtorch. Keep the water running as this will help to melt the ice. It is also important to know where your water shut off is located within your home or commercial business.
If a pipe does burst, shut off your water and call a plumber immediately. Once the plumber stops the leak, call us at SERVPRO of Norfolk/Portsmouth to dry out and remediate the damage. We are always prepared to help you, and we guarantee a faster response time than our competition. Our professional technicians are fully trained and ready to assist you, making water damage from frozen pipes feel “Like it never even happened.”