As we are in the season of freezing temperatures, the fear of a pipe burst enters everyone’s mind. Fire & Flood Restoration Specialists, LLC has created a list of some important information which may be useful to you regarding your property. These useful facts may come in handy, and we thought they also may clear up some misconceptions and fears many may have regarding frozen pipes.
SOME IMPORTANT ITEMS ABOUT FROZEN PIPES AND PIPE BURSTS
• Pipes that freeze most often are those that are exposed to severe cold, like outdoor hose bibs, swimming pool supply lines, water sprinkler lines, and water supply pipes in unheated interior areas like basements and crawl spaces, attics, garages, non-insulated wall cavities, or kitchen cabinets.
• The most major occurrence of pipe freeze/burst are pipes which are installed against or near an exterior wall.
• A pipe does not necessarily burst in the place where it is frozen. It bursts from the pressure buildup in the air pocket between the ice and a closed area of the pipe, or the area between two frozen areas of the pipe.
• A second example would be when a pipe may thaw and the pressure from the melting ice may cause a burst.
• Pipe bursts may happen with any type of pipe, including copper and PVC.
• Pipes are generally susceptible to freezing below 20 degrees Fahrenheit.
• DO NOT TRY TO RAPIDLY HEAT A FROZEN LINE
• If a pipe has already burst, turn off main water line; contact FIRE & FLOOD RESTORATION SPECIALISTS, immediately at (847) 520-3473
• DO NOT ENTER THE WATER
PREVENTION & TIPS
• Insulate (wrap with insulation sleeves) any suspicious pipes which may have a cold draft from a hole in an exterior area, or on an exterior wall
• (Professionally Installed) Use thermostatic cables to warm the pipes in question when air temperature drops below 20 degrees Fahrenheit.
• Leave water drip a trickle from a faucet, at a high point in the property. This will prevent the water pressure buildup if the pipe were to freeze, and allow a steady stream of water flow through the line.
• Leave faucet or valve at the end of a water line open. This will prevent the water pressure buildup if the pipe were to freeze.
• If you think a pipe is frozen, you can try to heat the area with a non-scalding heating pad or wash cloth, or try blowing room temperature air with a strong fan on the area, but it is recommended to contact a professional
• Do not lower the temperature significantly, in the premises, due to the fact it may be unoccupied or vacant for a long or short time.
• Turn off and completely drain the main waterline, if the water is not going to be used for any period of time. Then, leave the valve or faucet at the end of the line open.
• Open kitchen and bathroom cabinet doors, and closet doors, to enable warmer air to circulate around the plumbing. Make sure to move any harmful cleaners and household chemicals up out of the reach of children.
WHAT TO DO IF A PIPE IS FROZEN OR BURSTS
• While you can try some prevention tips, it is always recommended to contact a professional.
• There is no quick fix, and if the pipe is thawed too slowly or to quickly, it my cause further problems.
• *****IF PIPE BURSTS, immediately close off main water line to premises. Contact your plumber and FIRE & FLOOD RESTORATION SPECIALISTS at (847) 520-3473
• DO NOT ENTER THE STANDING WATER
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