Frozen Pipes Water Damage Is Often Preventable
At Professional Restoration, we’ve been helping Front Range families and businesses recover from frozen pipes water damage for years. All those jobs have taught us a lot, and we hope to share some of this knowledge in hope of helping our neighbors avoid costly and stressful water damage.
Frozen Pipes Water Damage Prevention Starts BEFORE a Hard Freeze
We’ll share tips to prevent pipes from freezing and reduce the risk of ruptures and frozen pipes water damage, but it’s important to inspect and protect your property before cold weather strikes. Winterize your home or business before the harsh cold weather season arrives, sealing exterior access points, covering exterior faucets and insulating exposed water pipes in unheated crawl spaces, attics, basements and outbuildings. Taking steps to protect your exposed water pipes will reduce the risk of their freezing.
Do This When Cold Weather Threatens
When the forecast warns of extended subzero temperatures, make sure to take steps to prevent pipes from freezing and relieve potential pressure from frozen pipes, especially overnight. Be sure to keep the heat on, even if your home or business will not be occupied, and open cabinets beneath sinks to circulate warm air around water plumbing. Slightly turn on faucets to open valves and enable water to escape in case pipes do freeze, reducing the likelihood that pipes will rupture if they do freeze.
If Your Pipes Freeze, Do this
If you wake up and turn on your faucet only to find no water coming out, chances are a pipe has frozen. No reason to panic; just because it’s frozen doesn’t mean it’s ruptured. It’s Frozen.
- Turn off your Water Main. In case that pipe does burst, turning off the main will minimize the damage.
- Keep the faucet valve open to the pipe that’s frozen. this will allow the pipe to thaw and water to safely drip out.
Next Identify where you have exposed pipes and heat the room up. You can use electric heaters, even a blow dryer to thaw frozen pipes if you can reach them, but make sure to keep electrical cords and appliances clear of standing water.
Sometimes the best you can do is be ready – clear the contents of the room, think about what you can’t replace – remove it and play the waiting game. If you don’t win this time, we’ll be there to help cleanup within 90 minutes of your distress call.
The hope is you’ll not have to call us, the promise is when you do call Professional Restoration you’ll get our guarantee of complete Excellence in Property Damage Repair. From start to finish.