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Frozen Pipes 101

11/23/2018 (Permalink)

These easy tips will help prevent a massive headache

Pipe bursts are one of the most common water damages that SERVPRO of Western Dutchess County receives from the months of December to March. 

Simple fact, when water freezer it expands. When water freezes in a pipe, that pipe can only expand so much before it bursts. However, it's not necessarily the frozen water the caused the burst. The water pressure between the ice and the closed faucet has enough pressure to break a pipe and cause water damage in your home or business. 

Some tips on how to prevent frozen pipes:

-Keep cabinet doors open during cold spells.

-Keep a slow trickle of water flowing through the faucets.

-Keep your home or office temperature no lower than 55 degrees F.

-If going away, have someone check on your house or business daily to make sure it's warm enough.

-Seal leaks that allow cold air inside where pipes are located.

-Insulate pipes in crawl spaces and attics. These are the most susceptible to freezing.

If you find you have frozen pipes, call a plumber immediately. Should you have any water damage, call SERVPRO of Western Dutchess County at 845-831-3600 and we'll clean up all the damage.

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