Winter is just around the corner and some of us in the Greater Kansas City area have already experienced frigid temperatures and even snow. It’s only the beginning of November, but we should all be prepared for a freezing, blistery cold winter. Snow, ice and plummeting temperatures can wreak havoc on plumbing.
A ruptured water line can cause extensive, costly damage and disrupt your life or business. Worse, floodwater can pose numerous safety and health risks, ranging from electric shock to illness from waterborne pathogens or even toxic mold.
You want to do everything you can to prevent water from freezing inside your plumbing – not only for your wallet’s sake, but for your family and business too. If you think you have a frozen pipe, don’t panic; frozen pipes don’t always rupture, and there are steps you can take to prevent pipes from bursting and safely thaw them.
A frozen pipe will not necessarily burst if the faucet valve is open to release pressure moving down the pipe.
Start with prevention
There are steps you can take now to reduce the risk of frozen pipes. Make sure you winterize your outdoor property - draining pools and irrigation systems and hoses, insulating and covering outdoor faucets and securing doors and windows in garages and outbuildings with water supplies.
The following are some additional tips from the American Red Cross:
When Pipes Freeze
If you wake up one morning and the water won’t come on in your kitchen, or bathroom, don’t panic. While horrifying visions of water filling crawl spaces and mold spores sprouting may be unavoidable, a frozen pipe will not necessarily burst if the faucet valve is open to release pressure moving down the pipe.
Take a deep breath, then follow these tips to safely thaw your pipe:
These tips should help minimize the risk of plumbing issues or flooding from frozen pipes. But sometimes, nature simply shoves aside our best efforts and the worst happens. If you find yourself facing a water damage catastrophe from frozen, ruptured pipes, contact the experts at Sage Restoration.