Plumbers are swamped with calls from homeowners asking for help. While it is true that old homes are more likely to suffer from frozen pipes, it can happen to anyone. The risk of frozen pipes depends on where the pipes are located and their insulation method.
Water expands when it freezes, which can result to leaking or bursting of weak pipes. Below are some of the things that you can do when a frozen pipe bursts at your home.
What to Do When A Frozen Pipe Bursts
Shut Off Water Supply
Make sure that you know where the main water valve is in case of emergencies, such as the bursting of a frozen pipe. You should shut it off right away. There are instances in which electricity must also be turned off in the area where the pipe has burst. If you live in an apartment complex, and can’t shut off the water supply on your own, then be sure to contact the landlord or building manager immediately.
Call Your Insurance Company
When something like this happens, make sure to call your homeowner’s insurance. Issues like this are often covered under your homeowner’s insurance policy. Your insurance agent will work with you to make sure you get the pipe fixed and your home repaired as needed.
Contact a Professional Plumber
The next step is to contact a plumber. Keep in mind that not all plumbing companies offer 24-hour emergency services. It is recommended that you do your research, and find the contact number of a reliable plumber. That way you don’t just settle for who is available when your frozen pipe has burst.
Plumbing costs depend on where the pipes are found, and how bad the damage is. You will also need to call a water damage professional if there is severe water damage. Jenkins Restorations can be reached at any time – by phone at 888.450.6580 or online.
Remove Water Right Away
It is important to clean up water right away to prevent mildew and mold buildup. You will need towels, buckets, mops, and a wet/dry vacuum. Do not wait for the plumber to remove the water for you, the longer you wait the more likely it is that you’ll get mold or severe water damage.
How to Prevent Pipes From Bursting
The easiest way to prevent pipes from bursting is to prevent pipes from freezing in the first place. First off, make sure the temperature in your home is no lower than 55*F.
When the weather gets too cold, you should let water drip from your faucet. While the dripping might be irritating, this will help prevent water from freezing. You can detect a frozen pipe if the faucet stops working, or the toilet doesn’t refill.
Thawing a Frozen Pipe
If your pipes are frozen, try thawing them yourself before it bursts. The most important thing is to find the place where the pipe is frozen. This can be extremely difficult since most often, the frozen areas of pipe are behind walls or in crawl spaces.
If you can’t find the frozen area, call a plumber as soon as possible. If you can find and access the area, use a heating pad, warm washcloth, hair dryer, or space heater to thaw it.
Never pour boiling water into a frozen pipe! If it thaws too quickly it will break. The quick change between hot and cold water will cause them to burst if they haven’t already.
You can use a heating pad, warm washcloth, hair dryer or a space heater. Or call a plumber as soon as possible to handle it.
Why Do Frozen Pipes Burst?
If there’s still water in a pipe, it’s much more likely to freeze. When water freezes, it expands. If the pipe has high water pressure or a large amount of water, there will be too much ice for the pipe, causing the pipe to break or burst.
These are the things that you need to do when a frozen pipe bursts. There’s no need to panic when it happens at your home or apartment. Just make sure you have the contact details of a reliable plumber or water damage professional like Jenkins Restorations ready for emergency situations such as this.