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Water Damage Restoration in Fairfield, NJ and Steps Homeowners Should Take to Prevent and Thaw Frozen Pipe Bursts in Winter

December 22nd, 2015 · No Comments

One of the problems you may face during winter is frozen and burst pipes. This can lead to substantial water damage and potential mold growth. If you experience a burst pipe in your home, get in touch with an experienced water damage restoration company to fix the problem. The following are a few tips on how to prevent frozen pipes and ways to thaw frozen pipes.

Ways to Prevent Frozen Pipes

In this section we will review how the problem of frozen pipes can be prevented as mentioned by the Red Cross:

  • Store outdoor hoses after removing and draining them. You also need to close off inside valves which supply outdoor hose bibs. After closing the inside valve, open the outside valve to let water drain. Any water still present inside the pipe can easily expand and not result in a burst pipe.
  • Check water supply lines in crawl spaces, bathroom cabinets, the basement, garage, and attic. Water pipes present in these locations need to be insulated.
  • You should install products which can insulate exposed water pipes such as heat tape or pipe sleeves. Even wrapping a pipe with newspaper can offer a certain amount of insulation to exposed water pipes.

Taking Preventive Action

  1. If there are water supply lines located in the garage, you should keep the door of your garage closed.
  2. Bathroom and kitchen cabinet doors should be kept open so warmer air can easily circulate close to the plumbing.
  3. Keep the thermostat set at the same temperature all day long. It may result in increased heating bills, but can certainly prevent expensive water damage repairs.
  4. If you plan to leave on a winter vacation, keep the heat on and set the thermostat no lower than 55O F.

How to thaw frozen pipes

It is possible to thaw a frozen pipe, but certain precautions should be followed:

  • Apply heat to any particular section of water pipes with the help of portable space heaters, electric hair dryers, or electric heating pads. You can also wrap pipes in hot water-soaked towels.

Do NOT use a propane heater, blowtorch, charcoal stove, or similar other type of open flame device to thaw a pipe. Intense, focused heat can damage the pipe, and anything that utilizes an open flame can start a fire.

  • If one pipe has become frozen, check all pipes in the near vicinity to see if they have become frozen as well. If one pipes freezes, chances are others might as well.

If water pipes in your home freeze and result in burst pipes, you need to contact ServiceMaster Metropolitan as soon as possible so we can take the necessary water damage restoration steps to prevent damage to your property and stop mold growth.

Our trained and certified technicians have the required expertise to handle these urgent situations and take the necessary remediation steps. All you have to do is give us a call on our emergency contact number, 1.855.560.7999, and let us do the rest!

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