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Pipe Burst due to Freeze

2/8/2022 (Permalink)

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I bet the first thing you ask yourself when your pipe burst after a winter storm is...” But why?” A more common question that you may think. We want to talk a little about WHY this happens and WHAT you can do to prevent your pipes from bursting in the winter

Water. It’s a very interesting liquid if ask me. When water is its liquid form, it’s molecules are in constant motion allowing very little space between them. As the temperature of the water starts to drop it begins restringing movement and creating a more defined structure, the molecules are becoming stronger now. As the water continues to freeze it continues to expand. What does this mean for your pipes... “POP!!”

What can you do to prevent pipes from bursting?

Allow faucets to drip. Letting your faucet drip promotes water movement. Moving water is less likely to freeze, even if it’s a trickle, it can help prevent your pipes from bursting.

Insulate pipes. Insulating your pipes adds an extra layer of protection from freezing temperatures. There are several materials you can use to insulate your pipes, such as foam and heat tape. You can usually find these materials at your local home improvement store.

  • Open sink cabinets. Opening sink cabinets in your kitchen and bathrooms allows warm indoor air to surround pipes. The warm air around the pipes can prevent the water from freezing.
  • Maintain pipes.
  • You should routinely inspect your water pipes for any signs of damage, especially before the colder months.
  • Damaged pipes should be repaired or replaced immediately.
  • Pipes that are compromised with cracks are more likely to burst at the slightest instance of water expanding.

At SERVPRO we work 24/7 to assist in any emergency services if you ever need us to come out to the home due to an unfortunate water loss in your home or business call the professionals. We provide a job experience, “Like it never even happened.”

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