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What to Do If You Have Frozen Pipes

Frozen pipes are a significant problem for people who live in Maryland or other cold environments. Not only do frozen pipes damage the pipes themselves, but they could also burst, causing severe property damage. One of the most significant expenses for home and business owners is the water damage from burst pipes. However, if you have frozen pipes, there are steps you can take to avoid burst pipes. In this article, we will discuss steps you can take to help alleviate your frozen pipes as well as what to do if your pipes have already burst.

Warm Up Your Frozen Pipes 

As the temperature drops and your pipes begin to freeze, heating your property is a great way to keep your pipes from freezing. You can heat your freezing pipes in a couple of different ways. First, you can use your property’s central heat. Keep your thermostat above sixty degrees. Second, use external heaters and/or humidifiers. Placing heaters or humidifiers close to your walls will help thaw your frozen pipes. Finally, keep all windows and doors shut. Open doors or windows will let in a lot of freezing air from outside and keep your property colder than it needs to be.

Keep the Water Running 

A significant issue that comes with frozen pipes is bursting pipes. Bursting pipes occur when the frozen water in your pipes causes them to expand, crack, and burst. When you have stagnant water in your pipes, you are at a higher risk of being a victim of burst pipes. However, there is a simple solution to fix this problem. You need to keep water running in all your faucets during a freezing event. These open faucets will prevent your water from becoming stagnant. Therefore, you will have less risk of having frozen pipes.

Be Prepared 

When your pipes freeze, they act as a good warning sign that your pipes are in danger of bursting. You should be prepared for the water damage that will occur from said bursting pipes. To begin, having a reserve of towels close by will be extremely helpful. Towels are a useful tool for absorbing water. Second, have humidifiers handy to help dry your carpets and rugs. Finally, know where your water shut off is so you can react quickly when your pipes burst.

What to Do If Your Frozen Pipes Burst  

No matter how much preparation or prevention you try, sometimes it’s not going to be enough. Frozen pipes cause extensive property damage to millions of Americans every year. If you experience water damage, the best thing you can do is act quickly to prevent the damage from spreading. Here at MD Water Restoration, we provide fast response times alongside industry-leading services. When you call us at MD Water Restoration, we will respond to your emergency in as little as sixty minutes. Next, we will provide you with a free estimate of any water damage that we come across. Come to our website today and learn how MD Water Restoration can save you time and money.

How Faulty Appliances Cause Water Damage

When witnessing a flood happen inside of your home, most people assume the cause is from rain or a storm. However, that’s not always the reason. Faulty appliances that are improperly maintained or poorly taken care of can lead to flooding and water damage. Here are a few of the appliances that need to be properly cared for regularly to prevent flooding from occurring.

The Washer

Every month you should be keeping up on constant checks with your washing machine. You’ll want to consistently look at the hose to see if it looks very rusted or dry. If you see any cracks on the hose as well, you’ll want to give your plumber a call to learn more about how to fix this.

Make sure you’ve moved the washer far enough away from the wall to provide a good amount of space. Your hose should also be replaced every five years to prevent a hose failure that can leak throughout the house.

Water Heater

The water heater breaking and causing a leak is one of the top causes of flood damage. This is why your water heater needs to be inspected every year to make sure everything looks good and nothing seems like it will break.

Make sure you’re also looking at it every now and then yourself to make sure it doesn’t have any cracks or anything out of the ordinary about it. Be sure to get this replaced at least every ten years. You should also work to remove any sediment by flushing it every six months.

Dishwasher

When adding dishwasher soap to your machine, make sure you’re adding the recommended amount of soap. This can be found on the detergent’s label. If too much is added, it can cause excess water to flow out of the bottom of the machine, eventually flooding and damaging your home. Try to have your dishwasher replaced every nine or ten years.

Air Conditioner

If your air conditioner is located up in your attic, then you’re more likely to experience flood damage all through your home as the air conditioner can leak and spread around your house. To help prevent this and air conditioning damage in any other rooms, have a drain pipe installed to remove any overflowing water.

Refrigerator

While the refrigerator itself can freeze or clog in the defrost drain, the ice maker is also a huge cause for leaking and damage. The rubber seals that sit in the door to keep it properly shut can also break. This may keep the fridge from properly cooling your items.

This can cause leaking to occur. Make sure everything is connected correctly by looking at the hose or waterline to ensure they haven’t been disconnected.

Experiencing Water Damage In Your Home

Flooding can be a messy and intimidating experience. If you’re seeing your appliances start to leak, don’t panic. Instead, give MD Water Restoration a call. We’ll come help with any water damage issues you may be facing with our top-notch, professional team members ready to help.

Preventing Freezing Pipes During Maryland Winters

The last thing you want to happen during winter is freezing pipes or burst pipes. But with freezing rain, snow, and cold winds these things are bound to happen if you aren’t careful. To prepare, there are unique things you can do before and during the winter season. See below for how to prevent freezing pipes during Maryland winters.

Before Winter

During the summer and fall months, insulate your pipes to help prevent them from freezing over. Foam rubber or fiberglass insulation sleeves/wrapping will help tremendously. A restoration company can come in to do the work for you. Inspect your outside walls, especially near pipes, and seal any cracks and holes that might let cold air in. This will make it easier for heating and insulation to do their jobs. The best time to fix a damaged pipe is before the winter season. Cracks that go unnoticed could cause leaks if water freezes in the pipes.

During A Cold Spell

Once winter has come, open cabinet doors beneath any sinks to let more heat in where the pipes are. You can also run electric heating tapes or cables around the pipes themselves. Always let your faucets drip in extremely cold weather. If there is more than one knob on the sink you’ll want to drip both. If any water does freeze in the pipes you’ll want it to go somewhere once they thaw. Plus, a steady flow of water could prevent the pipes from ever freezing in the first place.

If You Go Out of Town

To protect your home while you’re away, keep your heat running. You may be tempted to turn the heat off while you’re not using it, but it’s important to keep your pipes from freezing or even bursting while you are away. If you’ll be gone for an extended period of time, you can drain your water system so that there is no water to freeze. If you have someone you trust, ask them to keep an eye on your house in case of emergencies.

Prevention is just the first step when it comes to pipe damage. If at the end of the day you have frozen pipes or burst pipes, call a restoration company quickly to repair the damage. Restoration companies have the right tools to fix your pipes and repair any water damage that affects your house. Call MD Water Restoration today for a free estimate at (240) 370-5582.

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