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Prevent Flooding Caused by Frozen Pipes

7/14/2021 (Permalink)

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Frigid winter months can bring significant problems to commercial buildings in Hutchinson, KS from ice dams that cause roof leaks to burst pipes. As water freezes, it expands, putting pressure on its container. This container, whether plastic or metal, may not be able to hold it. When the container is a pipe, it may burst, causing standing water and damage to the surrounding area. However, there are steps that can be taken to minimize the risk of a burst pipe.

Why Pipes Burst

Although the most basic explanation for pipes freezing in cold weather, it’s not quite that simple. There are other contributing factors, which can include:

  • They have inadequate or no insulation.
  • They are in cold or exposed areas in or around the building.
  • There is water sitting in the pipes instead of circulating through them.

When Pipes Freeze

Depending on the building and usage, frozen pipes may be a minor inconvenience or a catastrophic event. The consequences of a burst pipe can include:

  • No access to water or use of drainage pipes
  • Irrevocable pipe damage, which requires that the pipes are repaired before they can be used
  • Water damage that may be limited to drips or result in flooding areas of the building

How To Prevent Pipe Bursts

Taking some time during the warmer months can help prevent a frozen pipe during the winter season.

  • Insulate exterior pipes and those located in unheated areas, such as basements or crawl spaces.
  • Let water drip, allowing it to run and prevent pressure from building, which can cause a burst pipe.
  • Check shutoff valves and levers, ensuring they are in good working condition.
  • Keep heat and water on in areas of the building that are not in use.

If a water event does occur, water restoration professionals in Hutchinson, KS restore your premises to their former condition, “Like it never even happened.” allowing you to get on with business as usual.

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