Frozen pipes are a problem that most people don’t realize they have until it’s too late and they have already caused thousands of dollars of damage to their home
Sandy, Utah (PRWEB) December 21, 2013
Ryan Wilcock, owner of Utah carpet cleaning business Action Extraction is encouraging homeowners to monitor their pipes during sub-zero temperatures this winter to prevent pipe bursts and flood damage. As a flood restoration expert, Wilcock has several tips he shares with homeowners each winter season.
“Frozen pipes are a problem that most people don’t realize they have until it’s too late and they have already caused thousands of dollars of damage to their home,” said Wilcock. “With a few simple preventative tips, homeowners can protect their pipes from freezing and in the long run, save lots of money from having to replace the pipes and restore any damage caused by flooding.
To prevent frozen pipes, Wilcock recommends to first be aware of the pipe placement in the home. Most newer homes especially in the Utah area are built with pipe placement that doesn’t present a freezing risk, but older homes may not all be the same. Homes with pipes near exterior walls should have proper insulation for the plumbing, and homeowners should also disconnect all exterior water valves and hoses before the cold hits. When temperatures reach below 20 degrees, homeowners with at-risk pipes may want to consider leaving their faucets on with a small drip to prevent any pressure build up that could cause a pipe burst.
If after a cold spell homeowners notice a faucet that isn’t producing water when turned on, there is a good chance that the pipe is frozen. The main water valve shut immediately be shut off and a plumber should be contacted to fix the problem. It’s not recommended to use an open flame to thaw frozen pipes.
If a frozen pipe does burst in the home, the water valve shut be shut off and a professional should be called immediately. A plumbing professional can repair the pipe to its working condition, and flood restoration professionals can clean up the moisture before it causes more damage.
Action Extraction has some of the most powerful water extraction machines available on the market, and can extract more water in five minutes than the average shop vac can in five hours. Wilcock and the Action Extraction team can remove all the moisture from the carpet and padding to prevent the growth of mold and mildew, and can also provide carpet repairs if needed.
Action Extraction has been a premier choice for carpet cleaning and flood restoration in Riverton, Sandy, South Jordan, Draper, Bluffdale, Herriman and all of the Wasatch Front for more than ten years. They are available for emergency flood restoration services 24/7.