Frozen Pipes Water Damage Cleanup in Richardson, TX
ServiceMaster of North Texas
Serving the Richardson, TX area since 1978
While temperatures do not often sink below freezing in the northern Texas area, all residents know that it isn’t uncommon. In fact, freezing temperatures produce a number of problems, one of the worst being frozen pipes. When finding these on your property, immediate action must be taken to thaw them out.
But if the frozen pipe has already burst, emergency services must be called. ServiceMaster of North Texas is available 24/7 in the Richardson, TX area to assist both residential and commercial properties with water damage restoration from frozen pipes. Each of our technicians is trained and experienced firsthand in dealing with frozen pipes – we know what to do.
Frozen and Burst Pipes
While a plumbing system is obviously needed in every home or building, freezing pipes have been a problem for generations. This occurs when uninsulated pipes freeze that are exposed to the cold temperatures, causing the water to push against the inside of the pipe. If not thawed out in time, the pipe will burst, spewing water in all directions.
ServiceMaster of North Texas considers all burst pipes as emergencies because hundreds of gallons of water can spread within an hour. So we are always prepared for the worst, arriving with all water extraction and drying equipment needed to return the property to its original condition. We also ensure to dry out these areas quickly to prevent mold growth from forming.
Preventing Frozen Pipes
Frozen pipes are stressful and nerve-wracking for everyone, so it’s best to avoid them altogether. While the steps listed below won’t guarantee that you won’t have a problem, they can provide some peace of mind during colder temperatures.
- Turn on the cold and hot-water faucets to keep the water flowing throughout the pipe.
- Place a space heater in unheated areas of the home.
- Cover all pipes in unheated areas with insulation or electrical tape.
- Open cabinets with pipes inside to allow warm air to circulate around the pipes.
How to Find a Frozen Pipe
One way of noticing a frozen pipe is to turn on the water and nothing comes out. Don’t hesitate to find and thaw it immediately to prevent the disaster. Here are come steps for finding frozen pipes.
- Inspect each pipe for frost, ice, bulges, or fissures.
- Turn on the faucet connected to the pipe and let it run.
- Follow the supply line from the faucet to find the frozen part.
Thawing Frozen Pipes
As soon as you find a frozen pipe, take immediate action to thaw it out. In order to prevent water flowing throughout your property structure, the pressure needs to come out of the pipe. You can use either a heat lamp or hair dryer to melt the ice. Then turn on the faucet to push the ice out from the frozen pipe.
But avoid using a flame torch because it is a fire hazard. However, if you aren’t able to access the pipe, you can take one or more of the following steps:
- Heat up the wall hiding the frozen pipe using an infrared lamp. The heat should be able to pass through the drywall.
- Turn up the thermostat in your home, particularly in the affected area.
- Remove part of the flooring, ceiling, or drywall to be able to heat up the pipe.
Many property owners shouldn’t have to worry about frozen pipes in the northern Texas area, but when temperatures drop below freezing, it raises cause for concern. At any time you find a burst pipe in your home, turn off the water supply line right away.
Then call ServiceMaster of North Texas for immediate water damage restoration from the frozen pipe. We are available 24/7 at (972) 840-8888 in the Richardson, TX area. We also work with insurance companies.