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The Danger of Frozen Pipes in the Winter

1/29/2021 (Permalink)

A broken pipe is a potentially harmful consequence of winter storms.

Frozen and Burst Pipes in Weymouth, MA

When you think of storm damage, you usually picture flooded floors or shattered windows. Yet storms can also cause another type of harm to your Weymouth, MA property. Winter storms bring cold temperatures that can cause pipes to freeze. A frozen pipe can then burst, spraying water throughout the property.


Certain pipes are particularly prone to freezing. You should be especially cautious regarding pipes in cold locations such as:

Kitchen cabinets
Unheated walls
Basements
Outdoor areas

A burst pipe occurs when the water expands as it freezes. The frozen water soon runs out of room and presses against the pipe until it breaks.


Protecting Your Pipes


Before the winter season begins, you should protect your pipes from freezing. Any outdoor hoses should be stored inside, and valves supplying outdoor bibs should be closed. You should also drain any excess water from the sprinkler supply lines. Avoid putting antifreeze in these lines, as this could damage the landscape.


If your building has an attic or basement, you should consider adding insulation to those areas. This will limit the chances of a burst pipe flooding those rooms.


Preventing Frozen Pipes


Once the cold weather arrives, you should keep the interior temperature of your building higher than 55 degrees Fahrenheit — even when the office is closed. Otherwise, the pipes will get too cold. While this may increase your heating bill, a flood from a broken pipe is much more costly.


You may also want to keep any bathroom or kitchen cabinet doors open during the winter. This will allow warmer air to circulate through the pipes in those areas.


A broken pipe is a potentially harmful consequence of winter storms. Left unaddressed, the standing water from a shattered pipe can soak your assets and encourage mold growth. You should thus take steps to protect your pipes from cold temperatures. If water from a burst pipe does flood your property, storm cleanup professionals at SERVPRO of Weymouth & Hingham can help with the cleanup and restoration.

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