It’s that time of year! Winter – the time for sledding and building snowmen: Time for thawing out by the fireplace with a hot cup of tea or cocoa with marshmallows. Cozy, right? Before you get too comfortable, let’s think about something else that commonly happens in the winter – burst pipe water damage. This is certainly something the residents of Bedford, NH need to be aware of. Any extended period of time where temperatures plummet below freezing poses a burst pipe water damage threat. There are things we can do to prevent such disasters or prepare ourselves ahead of time. First we need to know the causes of pipe bursts before we can prevent them.
When the temperatures drop significantly, pipes can freeze. When the frozen water expands the pipes could burst. The full scope of the damage won’t even be evident until the temperatures warm up and the ice thaws. In the event of water mains, pipes don’t even need to freeze. The inconsistent temperatures can cause the ground to contract and swell, putting pressure on the pipes.
Take heed! There are several things you can do to prevent this catastrophe. Make sure your water pipes are properly insulated (both hot and cold). Pipes running through the exterior walls of your home, the attic crawlspace, or an unheated basement as well as the garage are places you should check first, as they are most likely to freeze. Know where the main pipe is and keep it well insulated. If you vacation in the winter, make sure to have someone inspect your property on a regular basis. Also, keep in mind that if the temperature indoors falls below 55 degrees your pipes stand a higher chance of freezing.
Sometimes prevention can only take you so far. In the event that the unthinkable happens, there are some tips for recovering. Make sure to think safety first. Here are some common hazards to be aware of following a water damage: slip-and-fall, electrocution, and falling debris. Do not put yourself in harm’s way.
Next you should secure important items such as vital documents, sentimental items or valuables. Get them to a secure and dry location. Reduce moisture levels. If outside temperatures cooperate, open windows and doors to ventilate your home. Humid air will escape and be replaced by dry outside air. Use a dehumidifier. Wet/dry vacuum the floors if possible. Hardwood floors are a priority over carpeted areas due to difficulty to dry and cost of replacement. The porous wood can soak up the water and cause damage. Make sure you photograph the affected areas so you have proof of the damage. Clean up debris from the affected area.
When you have done all you can, you must leave the rest to an expert. Call a burst pipe water damage cleanup professional. Soil-Away Cleaning and Restoration Services sets the bar for water damage restoration in Bedford, NH. They have over 25 years of experience in dealing with these catastrophes. Visit www.soilaway.com or call (603) 641-6555 and put your mind at ease.
written by E. Aceves