What To Do If A Water Damage Cleanup Is Needed From A Frozen Pipe?

In Montana, wintertime conditions and temperatures can continue long into February. The possibility of water damage from frozen pipes increases with the freezing temperatures. Your home may require water damage cleanup as a result of frozen pipes, which is why we want to share the things you need to know about frozen pipes and how to help prevent them in your home. 

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The following are prevention tips from our experts at Faithful Cleaning to help assist you in making sure that your pipes are taken care of during extreme winter weather.

Which Pipes In Your Home Can Freeze?

Undoubtedly, certain pipes are more likely to freeze in your home than others. Pipes located in unheated or less heated regions of your home such as garages, crawl spaces, attics, basements, or exterior walls, are more susceptible to freeze than pipes in the center of the home with adequate heat exposure. Pipes located in areas of your home that lack insulation and have no direct heat source are the ones you need to take precautions with when the temperature drops below freezing. 

How Do Frozen Pipes Lead To Water Damage Cleanup?

Frozen pipes are more than just an inconvenience. The absence of running water is the first risk many think of when their pipes freeze, but that is just the beginning. A frozen pipe could result in damage to the pipe itself which then allows water to escape the pipe and damage your home. The water inside the pipe expands as it freezes and pressure builds up as a result of the expansion’s strain on the pipe’s walls. Pipes can only withstand a certain amount of pressure before they break. When the pipe finally bursts, the water within will leak out as it thaws, leading to water damage in your home.

How Can I Tell If A Pipe Is Frozen?

When the faucet is turned on and there is no water flowing, that is a strong indication of a frozen pipe. You can inspect further by checking for condensation on pipes, which also indicated that the water inside is frozen or even frost on the pipe’s exterior. Any time there is little to no water flow when a faucet is turned on and it’s cold outside, you should assume the pipe is frozen and then take action to thaw it before water damage occurs.

By What Means Can I Prevent Pipes From Freezing?

If temperatures do not drop low enough, pipes will not freeze. You should start taking protective measures to prevent vulnerable pipes from freezing when the temperature dips below 32 degrees Fahrenheit or lower. Keeping your thermostat set at a comfortable temperature will help reduce major fluctuations in heat and opening cabinets under sinks can help get the warm air to circulate around the pipes. You can also purchase different types of pipes insulation that can be placed on vulnerable pipes to help keep them from freezing. 

Anytime you need water damage cleanup, whether from a burst pipe or any other source, give us a call at Faithful Cleaning. We know how to handle water damage cleanup and effectively so that no further problems arise. Stay warm this winter and be sure to call our team if you have water damage cleanup needing done in your home.