Service Master of Baltimore isn’t just your partner in restoring your space — we want to help you prevent major clean-ups in the first place. Frozen pipes are a silent threat to properties, as frigid temperatures can destroy plumbing without you knowing until it’s too late. We’re here to help you prevent frozen pipes and minimize damage if they do freeze.
Why Are Frozen Pipes A Problem?
Any disruption to your home plumbing system can cause damage beyond the underlying problem. Frozen pipes can lead to leaks, bursts, or even electrocution hazards. It also means that water is not flowing in your home the way it’s supposed to, and leaks can cause thousands of dollars in water damage and lead to mold and mildew growth.
Preventing Plumbing Problems
There are several steps you can take to prevent pipes from freezing over the winter. While you’re winterizing your home, pay particular attention to these key tips to keep your home’s plumbing in working order.
Know Your Plumbing & Check Outside
Know where your water shut-off valve is in your home so you can be prepared to act quickly in case of water leaks. You should also know where the valves are for outdoor hose connections so they can be turned off in the winter.
In the fall, make sure all outdoor lines are drained and shut off to avoid freezing, including disconnecting hoses and shutting off pool water supply lines. If your home has indoor sprinklers, any outside connections should be drained and prepared for colder weather.
It’s easy to forget about unheated areas of the home, such as attics, garages, and crawl spaces. Plumbing in these areas should be insulated to protect against freezing. Alternatively, controlling any temperature fluctuations and heating these areas can help protect against frozen pipes.
Keep Water Moving
One way to keep water from freezing in pipes is to keep it moving. Open faucets in the coldest areas of your home to allow just the tiniest bit of water to flow. This is especially effective on extremely cold days in areas with poor insulation.
Identifying Frozen Pipes
If a faucet in your home is only producing a trickle of water, this is a sign of a frozen pipe. Check other faucets to determine the extent of the blockage, then immediately turn off the main water supply. It’s important to act quickly if pipes are frozen, as water expands when frozen and can cause pipes to leak or burst, causing thousands of dollars in plumbing and water damage.
There are ways to thaw frozen pipes yourself, but it’s best to call a plumber right away, especially if you aren’t sure of the exact location. A plumber has the right equipment to prevent pipes from bursting and can thaw pipes safely and quickly, and can help you prevent freezing in the future.
Water Damage Recovery in Baltimore, MD
If the unthinkable happens and you experience water damage from frozen pipes, ServiceMaster of Baltimore can help. We have certified, licensed restoration technicians on call 24/7 to minimize damage and get you back to normal life fast. Give us a call at 866-780-1700 or request an estimate online today.