If there are freezing temperatures outside, then you need to be concerned for your property because the cold means that your pipes have the potential to become frozen. The water inside the pipes can turn into ice when the temperature is cold enough and this ice places pressure on the pipes. Enough pressure from the ice will force the pipe to burst open and spread water everywhere.
If you fail to keep your pipes warm, then it’s possible for them to freeze. If the pipes freeze, then they can burst and cause thousands of dollars worth of damage.
When a pipe bursts, the water it was holding floods the area, leaving you with an emergency. In such a case, you need to turn the main water switch off, then call a professional for help. At RestorationMaster, we provide Columbia, MD, with water damage restoration services for frozen and burst pipes.
With plenty of experience, our professional technicians can handle your burst pipe emergency. We will immediately come to your home to remove the water and restore the damage. If any soiled building materials require replacement, then we can take care of that as well.
Finding Burst Pipes
It can be tough to find frozen pipes because they are often in concealed areas, such as in the attic or behind a wall.
When you find a burst pipe, immediately shut off the main water switch and reach out to us for help. Our professionals use advanced equipment that effectively and efficiently extracts standing water and eliminates excess moisture from the air and building materials.
How to Prevent Frozen Pipes
Take the time to prepare your pipes for the cold weather to prevent them from bursting open. You can follow these steps to help you out:
- Turn the faucets on, using the hot water and cold water valves, so that a low water stream flows. This water will run through the pipes and make it tougher for the pipes to freeze.
- Cover up your water pipes with electrical tape or insulation to keep them warm.
- When there are freezing temperatures outside, you can set up a heater in the crawlspace, basement, and/or attic.
- Open cabinets so that warm air can reach and circulate around the pipes.
- Prevent water from flowing to exterior pipes by shutting the main exterior valve off.
What to Do When Finding Frozen Pipes
If water fails to come out of your faucets, then there’s a chance your pipes have frozen. In such a case, you need to check for frozen pipes. If they have frozen, then you must thaw them promptly. To do so, follow these steps:
- Locate the wall behind but still adjacent to the pipe and place a space heater or infrared lamp there.
- Remove the entire section of drywall for better access to the pipe. Use a heat lamp or hair dryer to thaw it. If you’d like, then you can heighten the water pressure inside the pipe by turning on the water, which will help push the ice out of the way.
- Turn up the heat in your home.
When temperatures are below freezing, you need to take extra care of and monitor your home’s pipes. You don’t want them to freeze. Otherwise, they may burst and cause water damage.
If you need professional water damage restoration services following a pipe burst, call RestorationMaster at (301) 381-2304.