03 Dec Restoration For Frozen and Burst Water Pipes in Palmdale and Lancaster
Dropping winter temperatures can cause extensive water damage as pipes begin to freeze and burst, causing damage to walls, ceilings, floors, carpets, furniture, and other possessions. Even a small crack in your water pipe can leak enough water to flood your home. In fact, in just one day, 250 gallons of water can be discharged from a pipe crack as small as 1/8 inch. So, it is imperative to be proactive and take action to protect your home.
Before extreme weather strikes, prepare your home to prevent water damage before it occurs. When temperatures dip, take immediate action to prevent water damage:
✔ Open kitchen and bathroom cabinets to allow warm air to circulate around water pipes.
✔ Open taps throughout the house to allow water to drip and to keep water pipes from freezing.
✔ When going out of town, keep the thermostat at 55 degrees and ask a trusted neighbor or friend to watch your home for possible leaks. Also, turn your water off and drain water supply lines.
Keep in mind that homeowners’ insurance companies are more apt to pay your water damage claim if you can show that you have done your due diligence and maintained your property in a reasonable manner.
Prevent Frozen Pipes from Bursting
When pipes freeze in sub-zero weather and then thaw out as temperatures rise, frozen pipes tend to crack and burst, which causes water leaks and flooding. If you discover a frozen pipe in your home, you can still prevent it from bursting and causing water damage.
✔Turn off the main water supply.
✔Turn and leave your water taps on.
✔Remove valuables and household possessions from the area that might be exposed to water damage if the frozen pipe bursts.
Turn on the tap closest to the frozen pipe and gradually thaw out the ice in the frozen pipe by melting it with a heat pack. Begin applying heat at the area that is closest to the tap and slowly moves further away towards the rest of the frozen pipe.
If you are faced with an emergency water damage situation in your home or business property, give Restoration Genie a call at 661-802-9241. When dealing with water damage emergencies, immediate attention to the situation will minimize damage and prevent further loss. For an immediate remedy to any frozen pipe situation, contact us immediately.