How Low Temperatures Can Cause Water Damage From Frozen Pipes

Water Damage From Frozen Pipes?

Northern Minnesota is experiencing record low temperatures this winter season. The average winter temperature has been 18 degrees Fahrenheit, and the area has received up to 5 inches of snowfall this winter. These weather conditions can often cause major plumbing problems in homes across Northern Minnesota in the form of freezing pipes. How? Well, your home’s water line can leak or break due to frozen water. And if you didn’t believe it was possible for flowing water to freeze, you would be wrong. Below-freezing temperatures can freeze water mid-flow. This can then lead to burst broken pipes or leaking water lines. 

How to protect your home from water damage from frozen pipes during extreme weather 

  • Drain the water from your swimming pool supply lines and water sprinkler lines.
  • Close inside valves supplying outdoor hose bibs and keep the outside valve open so that any water remaining in the pipe can expand without breaking.
  • To keep temperatures as high as possible, make sure your attic, basement, and crawl spaces are insulated.
  • Find all the water supply lines in your home in unheated areas – like the garage or in the bathroom and kitchen cabinets – and make sure they are insulated.
  • Purchase and install water pipe insulation for your exposed pipes, like pipe sleeves, heat tape, and heat cables.

How to prevent water damage and freezing pipes 

  • Do you have water supply lines in your garage? If so, keep the doors closed at all times.
  • Often kitchen and bathroom cabinets house water pipes, open the doors so warm air can reach them.
  • Let water drip slowly from the faucet served by an exposed pipe. This trickle of water can help prevent the pipes from freezing.
  • If you are planning time away from home, leave the heat on when you go. Set the temperature no lower than 55 degrees Fahrenheit.

How to Thaw Frozen Pipes

Likely places for frozen pipes include against exterior walls or the foundation of your home where the water service enters.

  • As you treat the frozen pipe, keep the faucet open. Because as it begins to warm and melt, water will start to flow through the area, helping it melt more quickly.
  • Use an electric heating pad around the pipe, a hairdryer, a portable space heater, or wrap pipes in hot water-soaked towels. Be safe and don’t use any heating device with an open flame. 
  • Keep applying heat until the full water pressure is reached. If you can’t reach the frozen area or you can’t thaw the pipe yourself, call the experts. 

Be prepared for the cold weather. And if you are worried about handling frozen pipes yourself, call a reputable restoration company. This is the safest option because if your frozen pipes are cracked, or you have broken pipes, you will have to deal with the water damage that comes from them bursting too. 

Water damage from frozen pipes is a job for the professionals at Restoration 1. Although you may think you can handle some water damage on your own, the restoration experts use professional equipment that can prevent mold growth and other negative effects of water damage. And they also, importantly, know to look for possible structural issues that may have come about due to water damage. There is no substitute for professional restoration experts.

If you have any questions about water damage restoration and freezing pipes, please contact us 24/7 at Restoration 1.

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