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What to Do If Your Frozen Pipes Burst

12/23/2019 (Permalink)

SERVPRO employees working around green equipment in a hallway When burst pipes caused water damage to this commercial building, our crew dried it out!

Each winter, we get calls from customers whose pipes have frozen and burst. When temperatures drop below freezing, water freezes and expands, which builds up pressure in the plumbing system. And when the pipes begin to thaw, this added pressure can cause the pipes to burst, sending gallons of water into your home. These incidents are certainly stressful, but a few simple steps can help you navigate the situation more successfully.

  1. Turn off the water. First, you’re going to need to stop the water from gushing into your home. Locate the water shut-off valve in your home and shut the water off. This won’t undo the damage, but it stops it from getting any worse.
  1. Call a plumber. Now you’re going to need to fix the source of the issue. A plumber will fix the pipe damage, plus they can identify other issues you might not have yet noticed. If nothing else, you’ll need them so you can turn your back on.
  1. Call a disaster restoration company. Finally, you’re going to need the water damage cleaned up. A good disaster restoration company will assess the damage, extract the water, and set equipment to accelerate the drying process. When you’re looking for a company in your area, we highly recommend you find one that’s IICRC-certified!

It’s never fun to discover your pipes are frozen, but if they do burst, the above steps should put you in a good position. If you need a disaster restoration company to clean your home’s water damage, know that our team is available 24/7 and is an IICRC-certified firm!

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