As the weather grows chillier in the DC area, home and building owners face new challenges associated with maintaining their properties—one big one being frozen pipes. When the water in your pipes freezes, it expands and puts pressure on your pipes, making them susceptible to rupturing. If it gets to this point, you’ll find yourself with flooded rooms and severe water damage that can impact the structure of your home and lead to health issues for the occupants of your building. Even a small crack can result in up to 250 gallons of water. Fortunately, there are ways to prevent frozen pipes—and we’ve got just the tips you need to stay dry!
Preventing Frozen Pipes
When the weather dips below 32 degrees, your water pipes are much more likely to freeze—and the colder it gets, the bigger the chances are of this happening. However, there are certain steps you can—and should—take to prevent frozen pipes, including:
- Insulate your pipes, especially ones in more vulnerable areas—like attics, basements, or external walls
- Disconnect any outdoor hoses you have and turn off water to the outdoor faucet system
- Drain your water system if you’re going out of town
- Keep the garage door closed if there are water supply lines inside
- Set the temperature to at least 55 degrees even if you aren’t home
- Open the cabinets underneath sinks so pipes can be exposed to the heat
- Make sure your doors and windows can fully close without gaps
- Seal any cracks in the walls
- If temperatures fall below freezing, let warm water drip from an exterior-wall faucet
It’s important to note that even if you follow all the steps for preventing frozen pipes, it is still a possibility, especially if the weather reaches extremely low temperatures. But these tips can help minimize the odds that your water pipes freeze and likely prevent freezing altogether if temperatures don’t get too low.
What to Do If Your Pipes Freeze
If you follow the tips above to prevent frozen pipes, but you find yourself with bursting pipes anyway, don’t panic. At Tri State Restorations, we understand how serious water damage from frozen pipes can be and are on call 24 hours a day, 7 days a week to clean up your space and ensure it’s safe for occupants. We’ll specifically help you remove the excess water released by the rupture as well as any affected materials and dry your belongings and walls using industrial fans and state-of-the-art equipment. We’ll even take the necessary precautions to help you avoid mold growth! So don’t wait—call us as soon as your pipes burst and we’ll provide you with the water damage cleanup service you need in Maryland, Virginia, or Washington, DC.