Frigid Cold Snaps Wreak Havoc on Pipes: Rainbow International® offers tips on preventing and dealing with frozen pipes

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With the freezing temperatures of winter upon us, it's important to take steps to prevent frozen pipes and to know what to do in the unfortunate event that pipes freeze and break. The restoration experts at Rainbow International offer tips to help property owners.

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Most people know that when water freezes, it expands. But did you know that a 1/8-inch crack could cause up to 250 gallons of water a day to leak into your property? This gives whole new meaning to the phrase “cold snap”, and it costs property owners $5,000 or more in cleaning and damage repair costs.

To prevent frozen pipes, review these tips:

  • Make sure gutters are free of debris so melting snow and ice can flow freely through the gutter.
  • Allow faucets to drip cold water slowly. Flowing water helps prevent freezing.
  • Set heat thermostat for 65 degrees or higher in the winter months.
  • Open cabinet doors below sinks to allow warm air to circulate.
  • When away for an extended period of time, winterize pipes by having them drained or have a neighbor check on the home.
  • Disconnect garden hoses and install covers on outside faucets.
  • Wrap pipes near exterior walls and in crawl spaces with pipe insulation. Supplies are available at your local hardware store for low cost.
  • Make sure heating vents are open in all rooms, especially the basement where it is the coldest.
  • Consider weather sealing your windows to prevent drafts.
  • Insulate outside walls and unheated areas of your home.

If your pipes freeze:

  • Heat up the pipe with a blow dryer, space heater, heating pad, or warm towels until the water can freely flow through the pipe.
  • Start thawing a pipe nearest to the faucet. Open the faucet slightly so water can be released as it starts to thaw out.

If a pipe bursts:

  • Locate your water shut-off valve and turn off the main water supply. This will prevent water from continuing to pour out.
  • Call a plumber to repair the pipe. In most cases, cleanup services will not be performed until the source of the issue is fixed.
  • Contact your insurance agent immediately about the water damage. Your agent can verify your coverage before a claim is filed.
  • Take pictures of the water damage to have documentation of the damage.
  • Be patient. Restoration companies are making an effort to get to you as soon as possible, but during times of bad weather it creates a “rush” where possibly hundreds of others are in need of services at the same time.

In the event you face a water disaster from broken pipes, call the experts at Rainbow International to begin water damage restoration. Keep Rainbow International’s number - 888-RAINBOW - with your other emergency contacts, and let them restore your home and life after a water disaster.

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Kimberly Denman
The Dwyer Group
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