It is possible for the water pipes in your home or building to freeze any time the outside temperature drops below freezing. Frozen pipes are a major cause for concern because the ice within the pipes can cause enough pressure to build up that the pipe will burst. When a pipe bursts, it can cause gallons of water to spill into your home or building which will result in significant water damage. If the water from a pipe burst is not cleaned up fast enough, it will continue to spread additional damage while creating the right conditions for mold.
ServiceMaster Fire and Water Restoration provides frozen and burst water pipe cleanup in Denver, CO to clean and restore homes and businesses after a burst pipe. Our technicians can remove standing water and moisture left behind by the burst pipe as well as dry and restore the affected materials. It is important to call us immediately after a pipe bursts so we can stop the water from spreading and immediately start the drying process.
Preventing Frozen Pipes
Frozen pipes are always a possibility when the outside temperature is below freezing. The water pipes that are in uninsulated areas like basements, attics, crawlspaces, and within outside walls are the most likely to freeze. The pipes underneath kitchen and bathroom sinks are also likely to freeze as the cabinet doors may prevent circulation from the heat.
When the temperatures drop, it is best to take preventative actions to help prevent your pipes from freezing. You can prevent frozen pipes with the following tips:
- Turn your water on to a trickle when the temperature drops. The movement of the water will prevent the pipes from freezing.
- Open cabinet doors below kitchen and bathroom sinks so the heat can circulate around the pipes.
- Insulate pipes in vulnerable areas with pipe insulation or electrical tape.
- Heat uninsulated areas with a space heater but use caution when using the heater.
- Shut off your outdoor water supply.
Thawing Frozen Pipes
While the tips mentioned above will reduce the risk of a frozen pipe, they are not guaranteed to prevent your pipes from freezing. Your pipes may be frozen if they are bulging or covered in frost, or if the water pressure is low.
If you believe you have a frozen pipe, you need to take the following steps:
- Look for bulging pipes and pipes with frost and ice on them.
- Follow a pipe line with low water pressure to locate the froze pipe.
- If you find the frozen pipe, thaw it with a heat lamp or hair dryer. You should never use an open flame to thaw a frozen pipe.
- Remove drywall if necessary to access a frozen pipe. Replacing the drywall is less expensive than repairing the damage from a burst pipe.
- Turn on the faucet so the water is at a trickle while thawing the pipe. The water movement will help melt the ice.
Damage from Burst Pipes
If a frozen pipe does burst inside your home, the water that spills out can cause significant damage. The ice within the pipe can cause a burst if the pressure becomes too much and results in a break in the pipe. It is possible for hundreds of gallons of water to spill out into your home or property and flood the surrounding area. The first ting you need to do if a pipe bursts is shut off the main water supply and call our professionals.
We can clean up the water from a burst pipe with our water damage restoration services. We will start by containing and removing the standing water using our advanced water extraction and drying equipment. Once the water is removed, we will restore the damaged building materials and furnishings. Our fast response will help limit the amount of damage and prevent complications like structural damage and mold growth.
Call ServiceMaster Fire and Water Restoration
If a frozen pipe bursts in your home or building, you need to call our professionals right away to help limit the damage. You can reach us 24 hours a day at (303) 791-6000 for frozen and burst pipe cleanup in Denver, CO.