Frozen Pipe Kalamazoo
When pipes break in a home or business, an urgent situation is created which must be remedied before there is extensive carpet damage, wall damage and damage to contents in the rest of the home or business. Time is of the essence when stopping the continuous flow of water. Quickly extracting the water and moisture so potential water damage can be contained and limited is important.
Whatever the reason, the professionals at Bailtek Carpet Cleaning and Water Damage can help. Remember, areas that stay wet can result in mold damage. It is your choice who you use to restore your loss. You should contact your insurance agent as soon as possible and let her know Bailtek will handle the water damage.
Pipe Frozen Problem Kalamazoo
Water has a unique property in that it expands as it freezes. This expansion puts tremendous pressure on whatever is containing it, including metal or plastic pipes. No matter the “strength” of a container, expanding water can cause pipes to break. When the pipe breaks water damage can result. Pipes that freeze most frequently are those that are exposed to severe cold, like outdoor hose bibs, swimming pool supply lines, yard sprinkler lines, and water supply pipes in unheated interior areas like basements and crawl spaces, attics, garages, or kitchen cabinets. Pipes that run against exterior walls that have little or no insulation are also quite prone to freezing, breaking, and causing flooding.
During Cold Weather Prevent Pipe Freezing
- Keep garage doors closed if there are water supply lines in the garage.
- Open kitchen and bathroom cabinet doors to allow warmer air to circulate around the plumbing.
- When the weather is very cold outside, let the cold water drip from the faucet served by exposed pipes. Running water through the pipe – even at a trickle – helps prevent pipes from freezing.
- Keep the thermostat set to the same temperature both during the day and at night, you may prevent costly repair job if pipes freeze and burst.
- If you will be going away during cold weather, leave the heat on in your home, set to a temperature of at least 55° F.
Preventing Frozen Pipe Kalamazoo
Prevent freezing water supply lines and pipes by following these recommendations:
- Check for areas where water supply lines are located in unheated areas. Look in the basement, crawl space, attic, garage, and under kitchen and bathroom cabinets.
- Drain water from swimming pool and water sprinkler supply lines
- Remove, drain, and store hoses outdoors. Close valves supplying outdoor hose bibs. Open the outside hose bibs to allow water to drain. Keep the outside valve open so that any water remaining in the pipe can expand without causing the pipe to break.