24 Hour Frozen Pipe Damage Clean-up & Restoration
When a frozen water pipe or malfunctioning water pipe bursts in your home it’s easy to panic. The inconvenience and damage of excess water damage following a frozen pipe or pipe burst is significant. But with 24Restore’s emergency burst water pipe repair, we can handle the pipe repair 24 hours a day and hopefully minimize the damage to your home or business.
Over a quarter of a million American homes each year will suffer from water damage due to frozen or burst pipes. Water pipe bursts are common in areas of extreme winter cold and high winds that drive the wind chill well below freezing temperatures. Plumbing systems that lack proper insulation and are exposed to the winter’s cold are far more likely to create a need for water damage restoration.
As an industry leader with years of expertise, 24Restore is the perfect resource to contact when the unthinkable happens and you’re facing gallons and gallons of water damage from a burst water pipe. Our emergency water damage services are quick and reliable, and just a phone call away.
We can help you with everything from emergency plumbers, to a crew to remove the water from your flooded basement, to structural drying.
Steps To Take After A Pipe Breaks:
- Shut off the main water supply valve, which is usually adjacent to the main service pipe or underneath the sink, and allow your pipes to drain by turning on all water taps and flushing your toilets after you switch off your home’s heating system. All leaks should stop once there is no more water coming from the taps.
- You may want to switch off your electricity if water has accumulated near electrical outlets, appliances, etc. Also, water leaks in areas like the ceiling tend to culminate around light fixtures.
- Locate the burst pipe. If it is a small crack you may be able to temporarily patch the leak, but if the damage is too severe, contact a professional.
- If you need to thaw frozen pipes, you can use a hair dryer or space heater, but do not use an open flame – it is a potentially dangerous practice.
- After you have taken these steps and minimized imminent damage, call a professional.
Winter Tip To Reduce Frozen Pipe Water Damage Inside The Home:
- Have your furnace or boiler checked and serviced by a licensed contractor at least once a year, preferably before the heating season begins.
- Clean or replace the furnace filter, if necessary.
- Have your fuel tanks filled and keep an eye on levels throughout the winter.
- Set your heat no lower than 55 degrees – the temperature inside the walls where water piping is located is colder than the living spaces; open doors to unoccupied rooms to keep an even temperature throughout the house.
- Maintain your wood-burning or pellet stoves according to the manufacturer’s instructions.
- Have your chimney checked and serviced by a licensed contractor at least once a year to guard against chimney fires.
- Check smoke detectors, fire alarms and carbon monoxide detectors and replace batteries to ensure they are operating properly.
- Check for water leaks and fix problems immediately; wrap water piping in UL-Listed heat tape and insulate if it is exposed in unheated areas such as garages, crawl spaces or attics. Use only thermostatically controlled heat tape if your water piping is plastic and follow the manufacturer’s installation instructions.
- Add extra insulation in the attic to guard against ice dams. If too much heat escapes into the attic, it can warm the ice and snow on the roof. When it refreezes, it can cause an ice dam, which can lead to water damage inside your home or possibly even a roof collapse.
- Learn how to shut off your water and know where your pipes are located in case they do freeze; you may be able to prevent water damage.
- Add weather stripping around doors and caulk windows to guard against drafts and heat loss.
- Remove screens from windows, and install storm windows.