Beat frozen pipes!
Of the most common occurrences during the winter months is water damage due to frozen pipes. Be sure to see that your pipes are well-insulated because this could result in a more consistent water damage. When pipes are exposed to colder weather for more than a couple days problems can begin to occur. Frozen water has less volume than running water. The pipe breaks due to the cold, water starts running and then you’re really in trouble.
Pipes will most commonly freeze in two main areas- where the water comes in and where the water goes out. Most homeowners will notice the problem when turning on the faucet because nothing comes out. Less commonly, frozen outgoing pipes from showers, toilets and sinks are a bigger problem because they will back up into the house. We always recommend you keep water dripping into the sinks-running water will be less likely to freeze. Worst case scenario, very low temperatures can cause your water pipes to freeze and ultimately burst. In order to prevent this from happening, abide by the following guidelines…
- Disconnect all gardening hoses and install covers.
- Keep your house temperature at 68 degrees or higher
- Open cabinet doors below sinks and allow heat from the home to circulate.
- Identify the location of the main water valve and the valve on your water heater. (Contact your local SERVPRO if you want a complimentary Emergency Ready Plan provided for your home.)
- Wrap pipes nearest exterior walls and in crawl spaces with pipe insulation or with heating tape. This can prevent freezing, especially for interior pipes that run along outside walls.
- Close all windows near water pipes; cover or close open-air vents.
- Heat your basement and consider weather sealing your windows.
- Insulate outside walls and unheated areas of your home.
- If you plan to be away from home for an extended period of time, shut off water supply valves to your washing machine.
If a Pipe Bursts
- Shut off water at the main valve.
- If the break is in a hot water pipe, the valve on top of the water heater should be closed.
- Call a professional restoration expert such as SERVPRO of Bourbon, Clark, Harrison, and Montgomery Counties. Keep an emergency number nearby for quick access.