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Freezing Temps Mean Your Pipes Can Freeze

11/18/2020 (Permalink)

Now that winter is here, there are bursting pipes everywhere!

As temperatures drop below freezing, water pipes both at your home and your workplace run the risk of freezing and bursting. When this happens, flooding and damage can occur to the property and possessions. Although bursting pipes can lead to a myriad of issues, the good thing is that this can be avoided. Here are a few tips to help safeguard against freezing pipes:

Add extra insulation

Pipes located in the basement or attic need protection from freezing temperatures. Adding extra insulation, such as fiberglass or foam rubber, can be a solution for exposed pipes in these areas.

Caulk holes and cracks

All holes and cracks near pipes should remain sealed to keep cold air and keep warm air inside. This can be checked on the inside and the outside of the building.

Drip your faucets

Opening the faucet can relieve pressure in the pipe. This keeps the pressure from building up and therefore reducing the chances that the pipe bursts and you have a flooding situation.

Open cabinet doors

Warm air is circulated pipes if cabinet doors are kept open. If the air around the pipe is kept warm, the chances of water freezing within the line decreases.

Make sure the heat is up

Keep your household or business temperature above 50 degrees Fahrenheit, even when there’s no one occupying the building for periods of time.

If disaster does strike and damage is done by frozen pipes flooding your property, our team here at SERVPRO of Tampa Southeast is ready to spring into action and make it “Like it never even happened.” Call us anytime, we're ready to respond to your emergency 24/7. 

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