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When winter temperatures are dangerously cold, how can you prevent pipes from freezing and bursting?

Pipes that are the most at risk of bursting are those that are exposed: located outside of building insulation, or in unheated interior areas like basements, attics and crawl spaces. Also at risk are mobile homes and three-season cottages that have thin walls and little or no insulation.
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With the freezing weather in Hutchinson, Kansas, it becomes all the more clear that pipes are susceptible to bursting in the cold temperatures. What are some ways this can be avoided?

WHY PIPES BURST

The simple answer is that as water freezes into ice, it expands, resulting in solid ice filling more volume compared with the liquid that used to be running through the pipes. That ice creates pressure inside the pipes that can cause a rupture. Ice may freeze and unfreeze without causing a pipe to burst, but this can also create weakened pipes that can eventually burst due to expanding ice putting pressure on the weakened pipes in Hutchinson, Kansas.

HOW TO PROTECT WATER PIPES

Pipes that are the most at risk of bursting are those that are exposed: located outside of building insulation, or in unheated interior areas like basements, attics and crawl spaces. Also at risk are mobile homes and three-season cottages that have thin walls and little or no insulation. The typical danger tipping point is at temperatures of about 20 degrees Fahrenheit in Hutchinson, Kansas.

Heating or insulating these vulnerable pipes with fiberglass or foam sleeves can help prevent them from bursting. Additionally, keeping the faucet open and letting the water run — even just a trickle — will help prevent the water pressure from building to dangerous levels.

One area that can be of concern is having to use more than the usual amount of insulation or having to handle asbestos insulation – if this is a situation you find yourself in, it is best to contact a professional to help in Hutchinson, Kansas.

IF A PIPE BURSTS, WHAT HAPPENS NEXT?

There are several options at this point, but the main thing to do is act as quickly and safely as possible. But in essence what happens next would include:

  1. Stop the water flow

  2. Stay clear of appliances and electrical hazards

  3. Contact your homeowners insurance company (if applicable)

  4. Call a professional water restoration company

  5. Extract and clean up water

  6. Locate the leak

  7. Make repairs

  8. Call a professional if you haven’t already

Step 3 includes calling a professional water restoration company, and it is included here because they are fully prepared to handle a water intrusion in Hutchinson, Kansas. They will have the equipment and tools to deal with extracting and drying the water quickly and efficiently. These steps may require the calling of several professionals throughout the ordeal, such as a plumber or electrician. And you may find calling them during the situation is best. But as mentioned before, acting quickly and safely is the most important first step.

If you have unfortunately found yourself in this predicament this winter or in the future and are looking for professional help, please give us a call at FreshCo Cleaning & Restoration. We will be there for you to help get the water intrusion cleaned up and help get your home safe and dry again.

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