It seems that weather is so unpredictable these days. One moment it is 90 degrees and muggy and the next we’re throwing on jackets. And by the end of the week, we could be in full Eskimo gear!
One major challenge with fluctuating temperatures is implementing appropriate methods to prevent a disaster that can cost thousands of dollars. This is especially true when it comes to preventing a frozen pipe from bursting and causing a flood in your home or office.
A pipe can burst and cause a flood in both cold and warm temperatures. Ice blockages can form inside pipes during cold weather, and unthaw as temperatures begin to warm, which can cause a major flood.
Just think, when you place a soda can in a freezer the liquid will freeze into ice, expand, and burst over time. Pipes can also expand and burst in the same fashion as water freezes and forms a block of ice.
Preventing pipes from freezing and bursting
An effective method to prevent pipes from freezing involves a two-prong approach: before the cold weather arrives and during the cold temperatures.
Before the cold weather arrives
How to determine if pipes are frozen
You will know if a pipe is frozen when water does not gush out when turning on a faucet. Another indication is when toilets don’t refill with water after a flush. If you’re experiencing this issue, locate the source of the ice blockage and begin the thawing out process.
How to unthaw frozen pipes
The first step is to identify where the pipe is frozen and shut off the water valve corresponding to that section of pipe to prevent water from gushing out once it is thawed.
It’s a good idea to have a mop, bucket and towels nearby in case there is a leak during the thawing process. Apply heat to the section of pipe using an electric heating pad wrapped around the pipe, an electric hair dryer, a portable space heater (kept away from flammable materials), or by wrapping pipes with towels soaked in hot water. Apply heat until full water pressure is restored.
Check all other faucets in your home or office to find out if you have additional frozen pipes. If one pipe freezes, others may freeze too.
What to do if a pipe bursts and causes a flood
If a pipe happens to burst and cause a flood, try to assess the extent of the damage. If the flood can’t be cleaned up with a mop, bucket and towels, don’t fret. The team at Sage Restoration will get your flooded area cleaned up, dried out and restored back to its original state.
Do be sure to contact your insurance company to report the flood. We will work with any insurance agency to make sure you get the services you need.
Important items to have in place for general flood prevention:
1) Emergency Power – Make sure to have a backup power source, whether in the form of a battery backup, a portable generator or a standby generator.
2) Warning System – There are alarms available to alert you audibly or even via mobile devices if your sump pump does lose power or is not functioning properly.
3) Insurance – Find out if you are eligible for flood insurance either through your homeowners insurance policy or other providers.
Save yourself the headache, stress, and money by taking a few simple precautions to prevent a pipe from bursting and causing a flood during the upcoming Fall and Winter seasons. If you do experience a flood, contact the experts at Sage Restoration! #ServiceWithCompassion