Frozen Pipes and Water Damage

How can cold temperatures cause a burst pipe?

Water damage can be significant and unexpected. When an exposed water pipe freezes, the water expands and can burst open the pipes it is held in. Once the water in the pipes begins to thaw, as much as 1000 gallons per day can be coming from that busted water line. All that water has to go somewhere and oftentimes it is into your house. Water can quickly travel through walls, ceilings, flooring, décor and anything in the path of the water. 

How can you prevent frozen pipes in your home?

Preparation is key to preventing frozen pipes. Before the cold weather sets in, it is recommended that homeowners take that time to insulate pipes and water lines that can come in contact with cold weather. Pipes can be insulated with heat tape, foam insulation, and other products. 

What to do when a pipe bursts?

Sometimes, insulating your pipes isn’t enough. In the event that your pipes burst, here are a few key steps to take:

  1. Shut off your water. To do this, go to your home’s main water valve and shut it off immediately. You can also shut off the water from the city water meter. Don’t forget to turn off the electricity to the parts of the house that are water damaged. This helps reduce the risk of electric shock and electrical fires. 
  2. Call a plumber. Be aware that not all plumbing companies are available 24/7. You may need to research and call multiple plumbers to get someone out to your home. The plumber will identify the source of the leak and stop it. 
  3. Call Morgan Restoration to mitigate against further water damage. We can help remove the water, dry out your building, and salvage your personal belongings. The sooner you call us, the sooner we can help stock further damage to your property.

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