Water Damage Related Info
While it’s not frequent, freezing temperatures in Grand Prairie, TX can cause frozen and burst pipes, a huge mess that can be a headache to clean up. During this disaster, the structure can become flooded and cause severe damage to all building materials. Personal contents, including electronics, important documents, and other valued items will also face the risk of permanent damage without immediate attention.
ServiceMaster Restoration by Century is available 24/7 in Grand Prairie, TX to restore water damaged building materials and personal contents from burst pipes. As soon as we arrive, we will cut off the source and extract the water to prevent additional damage before the drying process begins.
Frozen Pipes Prevention
While it can be difficult for some property owners, the first step in preventing burst pipe flooding is to prevent pipes from freezing. This can be done through thoroughly insulating or allowing heated air to circulate around pipes located in unheated areas, including the attic, crawlspace, basement, behind walls, and under floors.
Here are some ways to prevent pipes from freezing:
- Turn the handles to the faucet slightly to allow the water to drip. The flow of water through the pipe will make it harder for it to freeze.
- Wrap the pipes with electrical tape or pipe insulation to protect them from freezing temperatures.
- Set up space heaters in uninsulated areas during extreme temperatures to prevent the pipes from freezing.
- Bring in the hose and shut off the exterior water supply to prevent outdoor pipes from bursting.
Finding Frozen Pipes
If it is too late to prevent frozen pipes, and you found one or multiple already, don’t panic. There is still time to unfreeze them and prevent the disaster. Here are some ways to find frozen pipes:
- Finding frost or ice on the pipes
- The pipe contains fissures or bulges
- Decreased water pressure in the pipes
If any of these signs sound familiar or match the conditions of your pipes, don’t hesitate to start thawing them out. You can do this by using a space heater, heat lamp, infrared lamp, or hair dryer to melt the ice inside. If the pipe is hidden, such as behind a wall, an infrared lamp should be able to heat the pipe through the building materials and thaw it out. But if not, don’t be afraid to remove part of the structure to reach it as this will cause much less damage than the pipe if it bursts.
Whatever home remedy you choose to thaw the pipe, refrain from using a blow torch as it is a fire hazard.
ServiceMaster Restoration by Century is always available in the event that the pipes in your home freeze or burst. Our professionals understand that prolonging the restoration process will only worsen the problem, which is why they arrive immediately in order to remove the source, extract the water, and begin the drying process.
Our advanced drying equipment will remove all remaining moisture particles from the building materials and air while our technicians conduct and repairs needed to restore the structure.
Give us a call at (877) 785-7221 in and we will provide immediate water damage cleanup from burst pipes Grand Prairie, TX. Available 24/7.