Broken Water Pipes
Here in New Hampshire and Vermont we are, or should be used to the fluctuating temperatures.
During extreme cold, which we have recently experienced much of, water freezes. Even water in your pipes throughout your home. When water freezes, it expands, which builds pressure. When the pressure is to great, the pip will burst, causing water to go everywhere!!
Here are a few tips on keeping pipes thawed in during the cold weather:
- Letting faucets drip. Although it may not stop pipes from freezing it will help the flow, which will help keep pipes from bursting.
- Store hoses inside, when possible.
- If you notice a frozen pipe, you can use a hair dryer, heating pad, hot wash clothes, or space heaters to help thaw them.
Here are 4 Signs that you have a frozen pipe:
- Temperature- water tends to freeze with temperatures 32 degrees and lower.
- Frost- If you can see frost on your pipes
- No water- If you have little or no water coming from a faucet, chances are your pipe is frozen.
- Smell- If there are odd odors coming from the faucet or the drain.
What can you do if your pipes burst:
- Shut off water- Make sure to shut water off from the main shut off, not just the location
- Electricity- Sometimes it is best if you shut off the electricity as well.
- Call a plumber
- Remove water-If you are able to, or call SERVPRO
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