It is no secret that winter in Minnesota means very cold and many times ‘freezing’ temperatures along with strong winds. We experienced quite the cold snap a week ago in the Minneapolis area. That combination can cause the potential for frozen pipes. Frozen water inside of a pipe adds pressure and weight, which can eventually crack or burst the pipe.
A burst pipe can have a serious and costly effect on your home or business. However, there are things you can do to be prepared for these freezing conditions. And if you do experience a burst pipe, there are steps to take to limit the damage and expedite the clean-up process.
Any areas of your home or business where pipes are present should be well heated during the winter and well insulated. It’s optimal to keep the temperature above freezing, around 50 degrees Fahrenheit as a minimum to be safe.
If the area cannot be heated, make sure the area is well insulated to help decrease the chance of freezing.
When you know temperatures are going to dip below freezing like they are this week, leaving your faucets dripping and cabinet doors under sinks open can also help prevent pipes from freezing.
Know where your main water shutoff valve is. I know I repeat this over and over in my blogs. But this really is one of the most important things to be aware of to quickly stop the extent of water damage. Shutting the water off can prevent additional areas of damage from adding to the immediate problem. Do this assuming it is safe to do so. Be aware of any electrical devices or open circuits that could cause electrocution. And if in doubt, always wait for a professional to handle the shutoff.
The temps are thankfully warming up this week! I think all of Minneapolis will be singing a hallelujah on that note! I don’t know about you, but I am ready to be past 20 degrees and below for the season.
Also, remember as it warms up that frozen pipes can go unnoticed until they start to thaw, that is when they will ‘pop’, break. Keep a watchful eye out. Remember, if you are traveling and going to be gone for a period of time, shut your main water valve off before you leave.
If you are in need of a water damage clean-up, call 24Restore to stabilize and fix the situation. We strive to be the only call you will have to make. Our highly trained mitigation team will be able to take you thru the clean-up process. They will also explain to you everything we provide on the restoration side to restore your home or business to the way it was prior to the disaster, if not better.
Enjoy the longer days, sunshine and the warmer temps that I know are on the horizon Twin Cities! (I’m speaking it!!!)