What Frozen Pipes Can Cost You
We’ve all heard a horror story of burst pipes at one time or another. Taking precautions to prevent frozen pipes in both our homes and commercial properties during the winter months is something we’re used to doing. If you’re unsure about the necessity, however, ServiceMaster is here to help clear it up. We hope you can avoid damage this winter, and if not, we have your cleanup and restoration needs covered.
The Costs of Frozen Pipes
What happens when you have a pipe burst? Well, the short answer is a little bit of water goes a long way. Not only do you have plumbing damage that needs repairing, but you also have water damage. Water can easily spread everywhere: in your walls and ceiling, under your carpet, to your furniture. If the incident is serious enough, you could have structural damage. Plus, where there’s standing water, there’s a possibility for electrical issues and mold growth.
Repair and cleanup costs can be astronomical in these situations. ServiceMaster can help with water damage restoration and mold remediation. Costs are usually based on space and the amount of damage, but when you work with a company like ServiceMaster and have a plan in place for emergencies, your commercial costs are estimated for fewer surprises. Our job isn’t to keep you in the dark when it comes to your frozen pipe cleanup. We help you get back to business as usual as quickly as possible. Our Emergency Response Plans (ERP) allow us to do just that.
The Best Solution Is Prevention
There is no sure-fire way to prevent pipes from freezing. Having the forethought to take a few preventative measures, however, can save you time and money this winter. Here are a few key ways you can help keep your pipes nice and toasty:
- Set your thermostat at 65 degrees Fahrenheit or above. Keep all your inside doors open so air can easily circulate.
- On particularly cold days or nights, open cabinet doors and allow your faucets to drip.
- Drain and shut off any outdoor water line.
- Install frost-proof spigots or protect them from freezing with faucet insulators.
- Add insulation to exterior walls that contain pipes.
- Protect exposed pipes in unheated areas with snap-on insulation or heated plumbing tape or cable.
- Stay ahead of the freeze with smart technology, like low-temperature sensors, smart thermostats, back-up generators, and water leak detection systems.
- Seal any cracks or openings that lead to the outside. With particularly cold weather, you may also need to temporarily seal crawl spaces.
What to do if pipes do freeze
Sometimes preventative measures can only do so much. If you think your pipes may be frozen, you’ll have to take steps to slowly unfreeze them. To thaw the pipe, keep your faucet open with both cold and hot water running. You should also turn up your thermostat to increase the temperature in the surrounding area.
Be careful, however, because if you are not sure you are trying to unfreeze the right pipe, you could cause the pipe to burst. Contact a licensed plumber if you are uncertain.
If your pipes burst, ServiceMaster can help
If the worst occurs and your pipes burst, the most important thing is to take immediate action. Turn off the water leading to the pipe to prevent additional water damage. Contact a plumber to fix the pipe damage and contact ServiceMaster restoration services for quick cleanup.
Don’t wait until it’s too late. For the quickest service, you need to have an Emergency Response Plan in place. With a ServiceMaster ERP, you are our top priority. In the event of a burst pipe, our team will be ready to respond quickly and restore your business.
ServiceMaster is ready at any time to help you in the event of an emergency, but we know it’s always better to be prepared in advance to save yourself time, money, and stress. An Emergency Response Plan with ServiceMaster is a big part of disaster recovery and keeping everyone safe.
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