Frozen Pipes? Fast Tips to Lessen Water Damage

January 25, 2018 02:59 PM

compliments of MacKenna Lynch, Marketing Manager for SERVPRO of Germantown, Pennypack/Bustleton & Upper Bucks 

We are in the heart of winter, and although we had a mild fall, we must continue to remain prepared during this cold weather. A recurring issue, which surfaces every winter, is the fact that our pipes can freeze; once they freeze, they can burst. This can cause serious water damage. Water damage can cause stress the home or business owner as well as all those impacted, but there are strategies that can minimize frustration as much as possible.

According to the Insurance Institute for Business & Home Safety, “Frozen pipes are one of the biggest risks of property damage when the temperature drops.” Frozen pipes become a serious issue during the winter months, especially in regions where the temperature can significantly drop. This decrease in temperature will cause the water to expand, therefore putting pressure on the container it is in. With this much pressure, the pipes can break. Once the pipes break, an emergency water damage situation can occur, especially if not addressed quickly. What the owner does next will determine the severity of the damage until help arrives.

The primary focus in this type of situation is safety. There are questions the home/business owners must ask themselves such as, “Is it safe to stay in the house?” There is the concern of electrical or “slip and fall” hazards, which must be watched out for.

If a pipe does break, there are strategies that can be implemented to lessen the water damage. Here is a list of helpful tips that can be done until help arrives:

-Remove excess water by mopping and blotting.

-Wipe excess water from wood furniture after removal of lamps and tabletop items.

-Remove and prop wet upholstery and cushions.

-Place aluminum foil or wood blocks between furniture legs and wet carpeting.

-Turn air conditioning on for maximum drying in summer.

-Remove colored rugs from wet carpeting.

-Remove art objects to a safe, dry place.

-Gather loose items from floors.

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