Frozen pipes can be a major inconvenience during the colder winter months. To better prepare, you need to understand why they occur and how to prevent them in your home. There are many misconceptions regarding why pipes burst, so let’s set the record straight.
Pipes burst when water freezes inside of the pipe, creating a blockage. There is then a buildup of pressure between the ice blockage and the water between the closed faucet. As the ice melts inside the pipe and the molecules expand, an increase in pressure occurs, often causing the pipe to burst.
When a pipe bursts and causes a leakage of water, there are several hidden problems that can need costly repairs. Here is what to look out for so this does not happen to you.
If you can see water leaking, you can also assume there is likely water in places you cannot see. This can lead to structural damage, damage to your internal wiring and insulation and potential mold growth.
Structural damage is caused by unseen water soaking into the most important parts of your home. Water can damage wooden beams that are important in keeping your home safe. It can also ruin the integrity of subfloors and other integral parts of your homes structure.
DAMAGED WIRING AND INSULATION
Leaking water can also reach internal wiring and insulation, compromising its condition. If water comes in contact with the wiring inside your walls, a short circuit may occur, which can cause a fire. Water also can ruin insulation, which could require entire walls to be ripped out and replaced.
In any situation where water has overtaken a space, mold is likely to follow if not treated properly. You may think removing carpets and ensuring the space is dry would be enough to prevent mold, but unfortunately, that is not always the case. Mold can grow inside of air vents, walls and other unseen areas of your home.
A pipe bursting can cause much more damage than just flooding. If you do suffer a burst pipe at your home or commercial property, make sure to call a professional disaster restoration company to make sure that the situation is remediated properly.
24 Restore is the preferred restoration services partner of commercial & residential property owners across New England. Whether you’re dealing with an emergency situation, or just simply need help implementing a sound Disaster Response Plan, we’re available to help. Contact 24 anytime, day or night for assistance.