When the temperature drops below freezing, it can cause the pipes in your home or business to freeze. When the pipes freeze, ice and pressure build up inside the pipe which may cause it to burst. Burst pipes can spill out gallons of water, causing extensive damage to your home or business. Any spilled water needs to be cleaned up right away so that it does not cause further damage or mold.
ServiceMaster Fire and Water Restoration specializes in burst pipe water cleanup in Aurora, CO. Our highly skilled technicians will get rid of any water caused by the burst pipe, then we will remove the moisture and finally, we will restore the area that was damaged. Make sure to call us right away if you’ve had a burst pipe in your home or business. This will help prevent further damage and we can get started on the drying and restoration process right away.
Preventing Frozen Pipes
Pipes can freeze anytime the outside temperature is below freezing. If you have an uninsulated basement or an attic, there is a higher risk of the pipes in these areas freezing. Also, the pipes that are located below the kitchen sink can freeze as the heat may not circulate properly due to cabinet doors.
Anytime the weather outside involves temperatures that are below freezing, it is important to take preventative action. Here is what you can do to prevent frozen pipes in your home or business:
- All faucets should be on at trickle level when temperatures drop. Just a little water going through the pipes will keep them from freezing.
- Cabinet doors below the kitchen sink should be opened to help with heat circulation.
- Pipes should be insulated using pipe insulation or electrical tape.
- If you have uninsulated areas in your home, make sure to use a space heater to keep them warm.
- Make sure to shut off the outdoor water supply.
Thawing Frozen Pipes
All the tips we provided above will help you avoid frozen pipes, but keep in mind even with taking all of the precautions, they still may freeze. If you notice low water pressure or if your pipes are bulging or covered with frost, this is a sign that your pipes may be frozen.
If think you have a frozen pipe, make sure you do the following:
- Check all pipes and look for any bulging, frost, or ice on them.
- If you notice a frozen pipe, follow the pipeline that has low water pressure and try to locate the frozen pipe.
- If you have a frozen pipe, try to thaw it with a heat lamp or a hair dryer. Never use an open flame to thaw a frozen pipe.
- All drywall should be removed if you are trying to get to a frozen pipe. You may have to replace the drywall later, but it is less expensive than having to fix the damage from a burst pipe.
- While you are thawing the pipe, the faucet should be on, and the water should trickle. When the water moves through the pipe, it will melt the ice easier.
Damage from Burst Pipes
When a frozen pipe bursts, the water that comes out of the pipe can create major damage. A burst pipe can spill many gallons of water into your home which will spread through porous materials, resulting in widespread damage including structural damage and mold growth. You need to react quicky and shut off the main water supply when a pipe burst occurs and reach out to our professionals.
Our technicians will clean all the spilled water from a burst pipe and restore any damage it caused. We remove the water with our hi-tech water extraction equipment, dry the area, and finally restore the damaged surfaces and materials. We will react quickly to help prevent serious damage and make sure that mold growth does not form.
Call ServiceMaster Fire and Water Restoration
If you are dealing with a frozen pipe in your home or business, reach out to our professionals right away and we will make sure to help you immediately. We are available 24/7 at (303) 791-6000 for frozen and burst pipe cleanup in Aurora, CO.