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What to Do When You Have Frozen Pipes

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With winter fast approaching and the nighttime air getting colder, frozen pipes become more and more possible and pose a threat to your home.

Pipes exposed to the outdoors or in your basement are susceptible to becoming frozen and have the potential to burst given the right circumstances. Burst pipes can cause significant water damage to your home, especially if it goes unnoticed for a long time. Luckily, you can do some things to prevent your pipes from freezing and an action sheet for any times you can’t avoid it.

Continue reading to learn more.

Tips for Preventing Frozen Pipes

Thankfully, preventing your pipes from freezing isn’t too complicated, but it does take a bit of effort before winter comes in full force. Here are some things you can do to help keep your pipes flowing this cold winter season:

  • Don’t turn off your heat, even if you’re leaving town for a bit.
  • Never let the temperature in your home drop below 55° Fahrenheit.
  • Have a backup power source for your home so you can still heat your home in case the power goes out.
  • Insulate susceptible pipes and water fixtures using pipe insulation and faucet covers.
  • Blow out your sprinkler lines in the fall.
  • Allow your faucets to run at a slow drip during extremely low temperatures. 
  • Disconnect hoses from outdoor faucets and store them for the season.
  • Leave your cabinet doors open when it’s frigid to let warm air flow near the pipes.

What to Do If Your Frozen Pipes Burst

Unfortunately, taking every precaution doesn’t always protect against frozen pipes if the weather is cold enough. If your pipes burst, here are some essential steps to take:

  • TURN OFF THE WATER MAIN — The first thing you’ll want to do is turn off your water main. Water will flow as long as the water is on. Do yourself a favor and familiarize yourself with where your water main is and how to turn its controls.
  • OPEN A FAUCET — Opening a faucet after you’ve shut off your water will relieve any remaining water pressure in the pipes.
  • CALL A TRUSTED RESTORATION COMPANY — You could call a plumber, but finding someone that does it all will save you from contacting a bunch of different types of contractors to repair and restore your property. A good company will be available for you 24/7 and can come immediately to start the cleanup process.
  • CALL YOUR INSURANCE — Before you do anything else, even cleaning up, take pictures and videos of the damaged areas. Ensure to include photos of anything broken because of the burst pipe, including drywall, carpet, furniture, rugs, and any of your belongings.

Frozen Pipes? Contact Restoremasters Now!

If your house has suffered damage due to frozen pipes, contact the experts at Restoremasters! 
If your home or business has suffered damage caused by mold, fire and smoke, flood, and more, our qualified technicians can help. We have over 100 years of combined experience and can effectively and efficiently restore your residential or commercial property. Our professionals are dedicated to finding the source of the problem and restoring all affected areas in your property. Our skilled specialists are available 24/7 for emergency services in Northern Utah, including West Jordan, Murray, Pleasant Grove, Toole, Bountiful, and more. Contact Restoremasters to learn more today.

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