One of the best feelings is coming home to a clean, tidy, cozy space after a long trip. One of the worst? – coming home from a great trip to find your water not running, pipes that have exploded, a flooded basement, or weird smells coming from your drains. Now that winter is here, the potential for frozen pipes is something that should be on your radar. Frozen pipes don’t just stop the flow of water, they can also burst and cause flooding. Here are some suggestions to prevent freezing pipes, as well as tips for if it does happen.
Prevent Frozen Pipes
Frozen pipes usually come at no fault of the homeowner. However, there are some preventative steps that you can take to stop your pipes from freezing when you’re away.
- Turn the water main off if you’ll be gone for more than a few days. This will stop massive amounts of water from running through your pipes.
- Install a WIFI thermostat. Through an app on your phone, a WIFI thermostat can warn you when the temperature in your home gets to a dangerously cold level (usually caused by a faulty furnace).
- Ask someone you trust to check in on your residence while you’re away for an extended period.
- Make sure all doors and windows are closed before you leave.
Sometimes frozen pipes are inevitable. Maybe it’s because of how your house is designed, or you accidentally missed something in the preparation process. Either way, the following are things to do if they do freeze, and/or your house floods.
If your pipes freeze:
- Keep the faucet running. The flow of running water will help the ice in the pipe melt.
- You can wrap a heating pad or hot towels around the frozen pipe, or use a hair dryer to help melt the frozen area. A portable space heater to additionally heat the area will help speed the process along as well.
If your home floods:
- Assess the situation for safety concerns.
- If you can safely reach the circuit box, turn the breaker off to any wet areas.
- Turn the water off.
- Call a plumber to fix the leak and get your water back on.
- Contact Kiser Construction to do a water dry-out.
- Let your insurance company know about the situation.
As one of the top water restoration companies in the Twin Cities, we pride ourselves on being communicative and trustworthy when it comes to water damage cleanup. We offer 24-hour emergency service and our project managers will work with your insurance company to make sure everything will be restored to the best quality possible.
If the unfortunate event of frozen pipes, a flooded basement, or worse occurs, don’t hesitate to call us.