With the climate allowing for subzero degree temperatures and severe weather, it is important for residents and building owners to be aware of the detrimental effects of frozen pipes, thawing pipes and how to handle these situations – especially how to prevent pipes from bursting, and what to do if it happens to you.
Effective Solutions to Prevent Further Damage
Call NuBilt if you have suspicions of your pipes freezing or simply want to learn more about how to prevent that from happening. We provide resources and assistance in dealing with frozen pipes in your home or business.
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If the area you reside in is prone to freezing temperatures for extensive periods of time, you most likely know people who have had frozen pipes. The time you take to ensure your pipes are well insulated will be invaluable, as you can alleviate a mild headache before it gets out of hand. The primary concern of having frozen pipes- aside from no running water- is that ice may expand and cause the pipe to burst.
Possible Effects and Damage
A broken pipe can subsequently lead to flooding, damaging your property and personal belongings. While time is still on your side, you should examine your water pipes to make sure they are covered and insulated well. Pipes may run in your crawlspace, attic or basement so be sure to start there. Any exposed metal piping is susceptible to freezing, especially the closer it is to the outdoors. Fiberglass insulation is an excellent option for insulating pipes. Fiberglass insulation comes in different sizes and can be picked up at your local hardware store. Another great prevention tactic is to ensure faucets are slightly open, just enough to allow a trickle. This can also greatly minimize pipe freezing as moving water will assist in the prevention of ice formation.
Steps for Prevention
Keep an eye on the operation of your faucets – if water flow has ceased, it could indicate a freeze within the pipe system. If you catch a frozen pipe early enough, you have a great chance of preventing a water pipe burst as long as you quickly take action. The first step in prevention would be to open the closest faucet to alleviate pressure and to indicate when the water is running again. Next, you can wrap the frozen pipe in a towel, fastened down by duct tape. Then you can pour boiling hot water on the towel, repeating this cycle until the ice is thawed in the pipe. You could also use a heating blanket on the pipe or direct a heating lamp or hair dryer on the frozen pipe.
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The snow storm has passed, the temperature is rising again but now a new problem has presented itself. You find soaked carpet or water dripping from the ceiling. If you were unable to catch a frozen pipe in time, the ice expanded just enough to burst open the pipe and now the thawed ice is leaking through the punctured area. As soon as you pinpoint the exact location of the pipe puncture, you would want to turn off all water valves. You can put a rubber-lined sleeve clamp on the broken portion of the pipe. If you do not have access to one, you can use a piece of rubber or hose to wrap around the damaged pipe, fastening it with duct tape. Now that you’ve managed to temporarily seal the pipe, you will want to hire expert help in replacing the damaged pipe and restoring the integrity of the pipe.”
Mitigation and Restoration
Depending on how long the water was leaking from the hole, you may have extensive damage to your property, including: soaked/falling drywall, carpet deterioration or hardwood floor warping, painting bubbling, etc. If the affected areas sustain moisture and water for a long period of time, you now open your property up to mold. As evident, it is important to make sure a certified, experienced mitigation and restoration company do the drying of the water and the restoration of the damaged property. NuBilt has been serving the Greater Denver Area for over 16 years and repaired thousands of water damaged properties. NuBilt is an IICRC and RIA certified firm and also well-versed in the insurance realm. NuBilt strives for excellent customer satisfaction so you can expect great service and compassion with your belongings.