In Maryland, the winter occasionally brings freezing cold temperatures. This puts your property’s pipes at risk of freezing. Frozen pipes are concerning, because they are prone to bursting and causing significant water damage in your property. The water inside of the pipes turns into ice, expanding in size as it does so.
As the water expands, it places pressure on the pipes. With enough pressure, the ice forces open the pipe, spreading water throughout the nearby areas. This damage can end up costing you thousands of dollars in repair/restoration costs.
When a pipe bursts, whatever water it contained floods the nearby areas, creating an emergency on your property. In such an event, you need to act immediately by turning the main water switch off and calling a professional for their help. With our water damage restoration services in Silver Spring, MD, ServiceMaster Restoration of Montgomery, Frederick, Howard & Washington Counties can help properties that are the site of a pipe burst.
The professional technicians we employ are well experienced with restoring properties that are damaged as a result of a burst pipe, so you can trust us to fully restore your home. We will be immediate in our response to your call for help, and we will restore the structural damage. If needed, we will install replacements for soiled building materials.
Finding Frozen Pipes
From behind walls to in your home’s attic, frozen pipes can be located in hard-to-reach places of your property.
When you encounter a burst pipe, be quick in your actions to prevent the damage from worsening. First, locate and shut off the main water switch. Then reach out to us for the water damage restoration services that we offer. Using advanced equipment, our professional technicians effectively and efficiently remove standing water and extract excess moisture from damaged building materials and the air.
How to Prevent Frozen Pipes
No one wants to deal with burst pipes in the winter, so you should take the time to prepare your home’s pipes for the cold. Use these steps to prevent them from freezing:
- Using cold and hot water, turn all the faucets on in your home. Let them run just enough to release a low drip. It may not seem like much, but this water running through the pipes will help keep them from freezing.
- Take the time to insulate water pipes that are in cold parts of your home. You can use insulation or electrical tape.
- To keep them warm, set up a heater in the attic, basement, crawlspace, and other cold areas while it’s freezing outside.
- Prevent water from flowing to exterior pipes by shutting off the main water exterior valve.
What to Do When Finding Frozen Pipes
When pipes are frozen, it can prevent water from running from your faucet. So if you turn on a faucet only to find water isn’t coming out, then you should check to see if the pipes have frozen. If you have frozen pipes, then you need to thaw them immediately. Use these tips to thaw them out:
- Place an infrared lamp by the wall that is behind the pipe.
- Remove the entire drywall and thaw the pipe using a hair dryer or heat lamp. To push out the ice, turn the water on. This will increase the water pressure inside of the pipe.
- Turn the heat up higher in your home so the higher temperature helps thaw the pipe.
When temperatures are freezing cold outside, your home’s pipes may become frozen. If you don’t monitor and/or properly insulate your pipes, then they are prone to freezing. This can then cause them to burst and cause water damage to your property.
Call (301) 605-9440 for water damage restoration services from ServiceMaster Restoration of Montgomery, Frederick, Howard & Washington Counties if a pipe has burst in your home.