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Frozen Pipe Bursts

11/15/2017 (Permalink)

As winter fast approaches bursting water pipes are a major concern for many Long Islanders. As temperatures drop, pipes will freeze causing water molecules to expand. This causes water pressure within the pipe, which in turn leads to an eventual rupture from the buildup of pressure.

Protection and Prevention:

Below we will list some tips for preventing your pipes from freezing.

  • Drain water from pools and sprinklers. Unless directed, do not use antifreeze as it is environmentally harmful
  • Drain and store any hoses used outdoors. Allow water to drain out prior to storage.
  • Add insulation to spaces in your home such as basements, crawl spaces, and attics to maintain a higher temperature
  • Go through your home and property to make sure all hot and cold water pipes are properly insulated
  • Consider the installation of “heat tape”, “heat cable”, or “pipe sleeve” to help insulate and protect exposed pipes
  • If possible, consider relocating any exposed pipes to ensure proper insulation
  • When the temperature drops, run some water through exposed pipes. Even a small amount can prevent freezing
  • Keep your thermostat set to the same temperature day and night. The bill for a frozen pipe burst cleanup is likely much higher than a slightly higher heating bill
  • ***If you are going way, leave the heat on in your home no lower than 55 degrees

Thawing Pipes:

  • Run water through the pipe or at least open the faucet as any amount of water will help to thaw a frozen pipe
  • You can apply heat to a pipe by wrapping a heating pad around the affected area. Towels also work when soaked in hot water
  • Continue to apply heat until full water pressure is restored

If you find your pipes are frozen and you are unable to thaw them, we recommend you contact a licensed plumber. Should your pipes burst causing a water damage in your home or business do not hesitate to contact SERVPRO of Garden City/Hempstead at (516) 620-4579 as our experienced technician’s would be happy to help!!!

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