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How to Deal with Frozen Pipes

12/4/2023 (Permalink)

Frozen pipes are a common issue that many homeowners face, especially during the cold winter months. As a restoration company, we've encountered numerous cases of water damage resulting from frozen pipes. To provide you with essential information on everything you should know about frozen pipes, we have asked our team of experts to put together all the information you need to be prepared for frozen pipes this winter.

Understanding the Causes

Frozen pipes occur when water in the pipes freezes due to cold temperatures. This can happen in any section of your plumbing, both inside and outside your home. Common factors that contribute to frozen pipes include inadequate insulation, exposure to extreme cold, and cracks or gaps in the building structure.

Signs of Frozen Pipes

Identifying frozen pipes early is crucial to prevent further damage. Look out for warning signs such as reduced water flow or no water at all from faucets, strange odors, or visible frost on exposed pipes. If you notice any of these indicators, it's time to act.

The Risk of Burst Pipes

Frozen pipes pose a risk of bursting. When water freezes, it expands, which can exert tremendous pressure on the pipe walls. When the pressure exceeds the pipe's capacity, it may rupture, leading to a potentially significant water leak.

Immediate Actions to Take

If you suspect frozen pipes, act promptly:

  1. Keep faucets open to allow a slow drip of water, as moving water is less likely to freeze.
  2. Apply gentle heat to the affected area using a hairdryer or space heater. Avoid using open flames or high-temperature devices.
  3. Locate and insulate exposed pipes or those in vulnerable areas of your home.
  4. If a pipe has burst, shut off the main water supply to your home and call a restoration company immediately.

Restoration Services

In the event of a burst pipe, SERVPRO can provide immediate assistance. We will assess the extent of the damage, remove the water, and begin the drying and restoration process. Prompt action is vital to prevent mold growth and further structural damage. Call SERVPRO to get back to normal, like it never even happened.

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