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What To Do About Frozen Pipe Damage

10/27/2014 (Permalink)

Water Damage What To Do About Frozen Pipe Damage How to address a frozen pipe

Every year, commercial and residential insurance companies pay out billions of dollars in frozen pipe damage claims. When temperatures drop in Nashville, water can freeze inside pipes. Frozen water expands, breaking joints and causing pipes to rupture. Rising temperatures thaw the ice and water flows into the structure, destroying building materials, personal items and inventory. When this occurs overnight or on a weekend, the damage can be catastrophic.

Property owners should familiarize themselves with the property insurance policy. If no coverage for frozen pipe damage exists, obtaining coverage is a minimal expense compared to repairs and replacement costs in the event of damage. Make a list of things the policy requires, such as how to minimize damage, the items covered and how to submit a claim.

The first step in dealing with any disaster is preparation. Make a list of frozen pipe damage companies in the surrounding area. Ask the home or business’s insurance company for a list as well in Madison. Make a priority list of companies that offer emergency response and submit insurance claim forms. Having pipes inspected before winter’s temperatures set in can identify potential problems. When freezing temperatures are forecast, turn faucets on to a trickle; running water will not freeze as easily as standing water.

Next, have exposed pipes in Goodlettsville insulated with the proper materials. Outdoor pipes, those in the garage, intake and output pipes at the water heater and those in the attic all need insulation for protection against potential frozen pipe damage. Locate the building’s water main and ensure that it works properly. Remove any grass, weeds or obstructions so it can be used safely.

In the event of frozen pipe damage in Inglewood, locate the water main and turn it off. This helps minimize damage when pipes thaw. Mop up any visible water and remove wet furniture as quickly as possible. Call one of the water restoration companies on the list and follow their instructions. The specialists will take care of thawing frozen pipes and water damage. Trying to thaw frozen pipes is not a DIY project; professionals have specialized equipment that completes the task effectively and safely.

Not all damage happens inside a business or home. Underground pipes can freeze, causing water to run a reduced pace when faucets are turned on. Pipe noises while the water is running, soil or other debris in the water and pipes moving inside the walls are all signs that frozen pipe damage has occurred. Turn the water main off and call a restoration company in Hendersonville immediately.

If attic or crawlspace pipes burst, the water main should be turned off and the frozen pipe damage company called. Only trained professionals should deal with this type of damage. Remove furniture or goods from the area as quickly as possible.

SERVPRO of Madison/Goodlettsville understands the stress and worry that comes with a fire or water damage and the disruption it causes your life and home or business.  SERVPRO of Madison/Goodlettsville proudly serves NashvilleMadisonGoodlettsvilleInglewoodHendersonvilleWhite HouseGallatin,Old HickoryMt. JulietWatertown, and surrounding areas. Our goal is to help minimize the interruption to your life and quickly make it "Like it never even happened." 

SERVPRO of Madison/Goodlettsville is a 24/7 emergency water removal & flood clean up repair service company, Our technicians are highly trained and experienced with every water damage situation from sewage damage clean up, mold removal, smoke damage repair, fire damage repair, flooded basement, wet carpet, wet walls, carpet water damage, basement water damage, flooded crawl space, sewer backup, sewage removal, mud removal, commercial water damage, restoration, house water damage, building water damage, hotel water damage, flooded building, crawl space water damage, crawl space sewage damage, pump out, dry out, flood water removal, commercial building water removal, building flood damage, hardwood floor water damage, wet hardwood floors, wet carpet drying, sewage restoration, flood cleanup, busted pipe water damage, broken pipe water damage, busted sprinkler water damage, frozen pipe water damage, flood pump out, basement pump out. If you would like to schedule service for your home or business, please call today! 

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