#1 Cause Of House Flood In Winter… Frozen Pipes

#1 Cause Of House Flood In Winter… Frozen Pipes

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Temperatures have been dropping rapidly < 20° F throughout Virginia Beach, Norfolk, Chesapeake and surrounding areas! You’re freezing, we’re freezing, and pipes have been freezing too! Frozen pipes are the #1 cause of home flooding and office flooding in the wintertime. Our team has already responded to many cleanup calls this winter and in each case they all could have been prevented with some simple precaution.

Even though most pipes are in the heated areas within your home, the high risk ones are those that are inadequately insulated or run along the exterior wall. These pipes are very likely to freeze and may cause you thousands of dollars in mitigation and repair.

Pipes have a tendency to expand when water in it freezes. Too much expansion is what causes the pipes to crack. Thus, turning what may start off as a small leak, into a flood.

Prevent Frozen Water Pipes By Following These Steps

  • Insulate any exposed or exterior piping immediately

Wrap all at risk water pipes with insulating material.

  • Close and insulate garage door

If your home has water supply lines in the garage, keeping all doors closed and sealed.

  • Keep constant airflow in your home

Temperature variation can increase the chances of pipes freezing

  • Let all faucets drip… slightly

Keep the water flowing in the faucets. This will also prevent it from sitting in the pipes and freezing. While the slight drip may somewhat increase your water bill, it will help you save thousands in water damage and repair costs!

Being proactive now will help you avoid thousands of dollars in flood damage this winter. Moreover, it will save you a lot of time and unnecessary headaches. With these pipe freeze and flood prevention tips from the water damage restoration professionals at TidyMAX, you can be assured that the plumbing in your home or office will be ready for the chilliest temperatures this Virginia winter has in store.