Burst Pipes Water Damage Restoration Cleanup in Dallas, TX
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Despite it being a southern state, frozen pipes can still occur in northern Texas, causing stressful headaches to its residents. Freezing temperatures can also produce a number of problems, the worst causing frozen pipes in multiple areas of properties.
ServiceMaster of North Texas is available 24/7 in Dallas, TX to provide emergency water damage cleanup services from burst pipes. With over 30 years of experience, our technicians know exactly what to do in the event of a burst pipe: responding right away, cutting off the source, and drying out the affected materials.
Damages Caused by Frozen and Burst Pipes
Of course every home and building will need plumbing, but frozen pipes can pose huge risks for property owners. This most often occurs in uninsulated areas where pipes are left in cold, unheated places like behind walls, in basements, attics, and under floorboards. While there is still time to prevent a disaster, they must be thawed out right away.
Our technicians consider all burst pipe water damage as emergencies because the water can spread into other materials, worsening the damage by the minute. ServiceMaster of North Texas always prepares for the worst, responding right away with the latest restoration and cleaning products to restore the area while preventing mold growth.
Frozen Pipes Prevention
Finding frozen pipes can surely be nerve-wracking as you never know when it might burst. So the best way to prevent the disaster is to prevent frozen pipes. So here are some tips you can take to significant reduce the chances of it happening in your home or building:
- Set up a space heater in all uninsulated areas during extreme temperatures
- Insulate all pipes with insulation or electrical tape
- Open cabinets with pipes to allow heated air to circulate around the pipes
- Turn on the faucet to allow both cold and hot water
Finding a Frozen Pipe
The most common way of noticing a frozen pipe is turning on the faucet and nothing comes out. When this happens, don’t hesitate to find and thaw out the pipe before it bursts. Here’s how:
- Although nothing comes out, turn on the faucet with the frozen pipe
- Follow the supply line to the faucet to find the part that’s frozen
- Inspect all pipes for fissures, bulges, and/or ice
How to Thaw a Frozen Pipe
Once you have found the area of the pipe that’s frozen, proceed to thaw it out right away. The first step is to decrease the pressure. This can be done with applying heat directly to the pipe by using a hair dryer or heat lamp. Once the ice has partially thawed, turn on the water to push it out into the sink.
Just remember never to take a blow torch to the frozen pipe because it is a fire hazard. If you find that the frozen pipe is behind a wall or under the floors, here’s what to do:
- Turn up the thermostat to allow heat into the drywall
- Apply heat directly to the wall or floor using an infrared lamp
- Remove part of the ceiling, drywall, or flooring covering the pipe if it is still frozen
While it is still a southern state, Dallas, TX is still prone to frozen pipes in the colder months. For property owners who are dealing with this issue, don’t hesitate to thaw them out using the steps above. But if the pipe had already burst, restoration services must be called immediately.
ServiceMaster of North Texas is available 24/7 (972) 840-8888 in Dallas, TX to provide water damage cleanup services from burst pipes. We work with insurance professionals.