Frozen Pipes Damage Did you know that when temperatures drop, frozen pipes can lead to one of the biggest risks of property damage you’ll experience? In fact, when a frozen pipe bursts, the damage caused can cost thousands of dollars to repair. If a pipe freezes or a frozen pipe bursts in your home or commercial property, call the MD Water Damage Restoration team right away. We answer your emergency call in seconds and are available to be onsite in just 30-60 minutes to clean up and repair your frozen pipe mess. Get Professional Help with Frozen Pipes Damage MD Water Damage Restoration is a full-service, certified damage cleanup and restoration company serving homes and businesses in Baltimore and surrounding areas since 2001. MD Water Damage Restoration is licensed, bonded, and insured, and our courteous professionals treat your property as if it were their own. We facilitate the insurance claims process on your behalf, and use our expertise and experience to get you the best and most timely settlement possible for the property damaged as a result of a burst frozen pipe. We document every step of our cleanup and repair process with photographs and itemized property lists, and do what is needed to ensure you receive the maximum benefit for damage caused to your home or business and its contents. Professional and Certified Frozen Pipes Experts All MD Water Damage Restoration technicians are IICRC-certified, having obtained professional damage and restoration credentials directly from the Institute of Inspection, Cleaning, and Restoration Certification organization. We hire, train, and retain the best, most qualified professionals in the business. You can trust that our technicians are knowledgeable, experienced, and highly skilled. In winter, frozen pipes are a fact of life in cold climates. Exterior pipes such as water sprinkler or swimming pool lines are susceptible to freezing, as are the water pipes inside your home or commercial building where they are located in an unheated space or area that is poorly insulated. Even when protected from subfreezing weather, pipes can still freeze and burst. Why Do Pipes Freeze and Burst in Baltimore Area? Extreme cold weather combines with cracks and holes in buildings to allow cold air to flow through and come into contact with water pipes that have little or no insulation. When this happens, the result is a potentially dangerous situation of pipes freezing and bursting. In fact, exposure to an exterior temperature threshold of just 20 degrees Fahrenheit is all that is needed for interior water pipes to freeze. When water freezes inside a pipe, expansion and continued freezing cause water pressure to increase downstream from the section that is frozen. It is this increased water pressure and not the ice blockage itself that causes a frozen pipe to leak and eventually burst. If you experience a frozen pipe burst, the MD Water Damage Restoration team will assess the damage, take immediate steps to stop additional damage from leaking water, and thoroughly remove the water. We also dry the area and the contents completely, to ensure there is no possibility of a mold infestation occurring. How to Avoid a Frozen Pipe To avoid the potential for a pipe to freeze, the pipe must be properly protected the entire length, whether by being placed within the insulation of your home or business building, or by insulating the pipe itself. You can: Fit pipes with foam rubber or fiberglass insulation sleeves or wrapping Seal cracks and holes in outside walls near water pipes to prevent cold wind and air from flowing through During cold spells, keep kitchen and bathroom sink cabinet doors open to allow warm inside air to circulate around the pipes Run electric heating tapes and cables along water pipes Let hot and cold faucets drip for those pipes susceptible to freezing When going away, maintain heat settings. Drain the water system when you’ll be away for an extended period of time. The added expense of keeping your property sufficiently warm and your pipes properly protected and insulated is minor when compared to the structural and property damage that can occur when a frozen pipe leaks or bursts. Call MD Water Damage Restoration immediately if your pipes freeze and burst, or if you experience other flooding and damage from pipes that leak as temperatures rise. We answer your emergency call in seconds and will be onsite in 30-60 minutes. We will put our frozen pipe repair and cleanup expertise to work to extract the water, clean, dry, restore, and renovate your residential or commercial property to its original condition. Call us immediately to get your FREE in-home estimate.