As the temperatures drop in the Carolinas, it is common to prepare yourself from winter’s cold. You dig out your winter clothes, heavy boots, and outerwear so you can be sure that you’ll be warm when you head outside. If you forgot to take into consideration what the cold can do to your home’s plumbing system, frozen pipes could be your unfortunate sign that North and South Carolina have hit sustained freezing temperatures.
Pipes can burst when water in the line freezes and expands, putting extra pressure on the pipes. When a pipe first bursts, it might not cause your home any issues. However, once the water thaws, you end up with water damage that can be anything from minor to severe depending on several factors. How soon you notice the leak, how big the leak is, and where it is located all contribute to the amount of water damage you’ll experience.
There are two ways to avoid the water damage that frozen pipes cause. The first is to keep the pipes from freezing in the first place. Better insulation, using heat tape around susceptible areas, and leaving one or more faucets dripping when temperatures will be extra low for several hours are all ways to avoid frozen pipes. The second way to avoid water damage is to be extra observant when the pipes do thaw out so that you can get the water shut off and the pipe repaired if there has been a frozen pipe.
At Emergency Restoration Xperts (ERX), we offer emergency service when frozen pipes have put water inside your home. In addition to our water damage restoration, we can be present to deal with the frozen pipes so that immediate care can be taken once they are thawed. If you have any questions about avoiding frozen pipes or flood damage, don’t hesitate to reach out to us.