Frozen Pipe Burst
Pipes burst year round but in the colder months, the plummeting temperature is the leading cause. While frozen pipes are something your neighbor down the street dealt with last year, it can happen to any homeowner or renter. Prevention is key in not ending up with a flooded basement or elsewhere in the home during the winter.
- Wherever the pipes are in your home – crawl space, basement, attic, exterior wall – they need to be insulated. Foam insulation is the best and should have a snug fit around the pipe and any joints.
- Allow hot and cold water faucets to drip. Water will continue to move and allow any built up pressure to relieve itself should the pipe freeze.
- If your home has a crawl space, it should be completely enclosed. Use caulking or expanding foam to fill any gaps in the foundation.
- Even if you’ll be away from home for a length of time, keep the temperature at 68 degrees or higher.
Damaged Pipe Concerns
But even the best-laid plans can go awry. If you find a frozen pipe has burst in your home, here are steps to take while waiting on Water Extraction Experts to arrive:
- Shut off the water supply along with heating and electrical to the area. Never enter a water damaged area until the electrical supply has been shut off.
- Move furniture and personal items away from any frozen pipe damage and out of the room if possible.
- Use mops, buckets, towels, and or a wet/dry vacuum to begin removing the water.
- Give your insurance company a call. Water Extraction Experts works with home and renters’ insurance companies, assisting you through the claims process.
Call us with your concerns. We’ll answer any questions you may have. The sooner we can get the structural drying process started, the less likely the structural integrity of your home will be compromised. Water Extraction Experts has 24/7 emergency service, response time in an hour or less, and free water damage inspection.
We begin the damage assessment as soon as we arrive, creating a custom flood cleanup plan for your home. Our team is trained and certified in the latest techniques and technology used for every step of the water damage restoration process. The entire structural drying process takes on average two to four days, leaving your basement and home in pre-loss condition.