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Posted by: Chris Laney on January 3, 2019
Winter brings on the perfect conditions for pipes to freeze and burst. Did you know that pipe bursts are one of the most common causes of property damage during the winter months? Pipes that tend to get hit the hardest are those in spaces that aren't heated like attics, basements, garages, and crawl spaces.
However, don't discount pipes in areas that ARE heated! Pipes that run through heated areas can freeze just as easily if the temperatures plummet low enough. The good news is that there are a few simple things to do that will keep your pipes thawed and water damage from hurting your home!
Once your pipes are frozen, all is not lost! There are many ways that you can thaw your pipes before they burst.
The first thing to do is keep the faucet open. As you start to thaw the pipe, the water will begin to melt and it needs somewhere to drain! Any water that runs through the pipe will also help the melting process happen faster.
To begin thawing the pipe you only need a few standard household items! A heating pad, hair dryer, or a space heater are just a few items that come in REALLY handy for a frozen pipe.
A heating pad can be physically wrapped around the pipe, hitting areas that may be a little more difficult for a space heater or blow dryer. A space heater is great for a prolonged period of time (just don't leave it unattended if you leave your home!), and a blow dryer is perfect if the pipe is in a small area.
Once you start to melt the pipes, you will notice water beginning to trickle through the faucet. Keep going with your heating process – this means it's working! Restoring to full water pressure is the goal. If this doesn't happen with these home remedies, a professional plumber may be needed.
Unfortunately, there are times when water damage does happen as a result of frozen pipes. We can do everything right to prevent it, but circumstances beyond our control cause flooding, mold, or mildew. In situations like this, a professional water restoration company is necessary to ensure your property is returned to normal in the shortest amount of time.
At Water Out, our professional team of Water Restoration Experts are ready to help 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year. We provide free estimates, and a 60-minute response time, allowing you to return to regular life right away.
Call us for more information and to learn how we can help today!
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