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Frozen Pipes and Water Damage: Prevention and Recovery

6/12/2024 (Permalink)

SERVPRO working on remediation In this blog, we will discuss steps you can take to prevent frozen pipes and how to recover from water damage caused by frozen pipes.

Winter brings with it the risk of frozen pipes, which can lead to water damage if not addressed promptly. When water inside pipes freezes, it expands and puts pressure on the pipe walls, causing them to burst. Burst pipes can result in significant water damage to your home or business. In this blog, we will discuss steps you can take to prevent frozen pipes and how to recover from water damage caused by frozen pipes.

Prevention: Insulate and Protect Your Pipes

Preventing frozen pipes starts with proper insulation. Here are some steps to protect your pipes from freezing:

  1. Insulate Exposed Pipes: Insulate any exposed pipes in unheated areas of your home or business, such as basements, attics, crawlspaces, and garages. You can use foam pipe insulation sleeves or heat tape to provide a protective layer.
  2. Seal Cracks and Leaks: Inspect your property for any cracks or leaks in walls, floors, or foundations. Seal them with caulk or weather-stripping to prevent cold air from entering and affecting the pipes.
  3. Keep Interior Temperature Consistent: Maintain a consistent temperature throughout your property, especially during freezing temperatures. Set your thermostat to a minimum of 55 degrees Fahrenheit, even when you are away.
  4. Open Cabinet Doors: If you have pipes inside cabinets, especially those located near exterior walls, open the cabinet doors to allow warm air to circulate and reach the pipes.

Recovery: What to Do if Pipes Freeze and Burst

Despite your best preventative efforts, frozen pipes can still occur. If you experience frozen pipes and subsequent water damage, here's what you should do:

  1. Shut off Water Supply: As soon as you discover a burst pipe, locate the main water shut-off valve in your property and turn it off. This will prevent further water flow and minimize damage.
  2. Call SERVPRO® for Professional Water Remediation: Frozen pipes can cause extensive water damage, including damage to walls, floors, and belongings. Contact SERVPRO professionals who specialize in water damage restoration. They have the expertise and equipment to extract water, dry affected areas, and restore your property to its preloss condition.
  3. Document the Damage: Take photos or videos of the water damage and make a detailed list of affected items. This documentation will be helpful for insurance claims and the restoration process.
  4. Remove Excess Water: If it is safe to do so, remove any standing water to prevent further damage. You can use mops, towels, or a wet/dry vacuum.
  5. Do Not Forget About Mold Prevention: Even after the water is extracted and the affected areas are dried, there is still a risk of mold growth. SERVPRO professionals use specialized techniques to ensure proper drying and take preventive measures against mold.

In conclusion, preventing frozen pipes and addressing water damage promptly are vital during the winter months. By insulating and protecting your pipes and knowing what to do in the event of frozen pipes and subsequent water damage, you can minimize the impact on your home or business. Remember, if you experience water damage from frozen pipes, contact SERVPRO for professional water remediation services. Our experts will help you recover and restore your property efficiently and effectively.

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