Frozen Pipes Now Thawing & Breaking

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The Polar Vortex may be gone but the aftermath of the arctic chill has left countless pipe bursts within homes and businesses causing gushing water and a disruption to services.

Maxons would like to remind you to stay vigilant during this thaw time as pipes and mains that you may not have realized were frozen are just as likely to burst when they thaw as when they freeze.  Be sure to check on vacation homes and unheated interior areas like basements, crawl spaces, attics, garages and kitchen cabinets.

Water leaks from pipes are a common cause of mold growth. The worst leaks are the ones that go undetected because they are hidden out of view, like inside a wall. By the time you discover these leaks, mold has usually already started to grow.  The sooner you can detect the leak or burst the better.

Some weather experts predict that this may not be the only freeze we experience this winter so be sure to reacquaint yourself with the below tips, print out the Maxons Pipe Break Tip Sheet and keep it handy.  

 How To Look For Leaks

  • Trust yourself – you may not know what’s right, but you can usually spot what’s wrong.
  • Puddles of water big or small under sinks, near floorboards, water marks on the ceiling, etc.
  • Move the clutter – most slow leaks under sinks and in basements are missed because they can’t be seen. 
  • If your sink has no water, or perhaps cold water but no hot water your pipe is probably frozen. 
  • Take the time to look in and around hard-to-find spots like crawl spaces or along outside walls.
  • Look at over exposed pipes, like those leading to a water heater.    
  • Touch the walls and see if they feel damp.    
  • Keep an eye on your water meter.  Turn off all faucets, outlets and water
    using appliances. Look at the dial on your water meter. If the dial on the
    water meter is moving (watch it for at least 10 minutes), it means there is water running through the meter. If the water is running through the meter and the water valve is shut off, this indicates there is a leak in the line.
  • Watch your bill. Compare your current water use to past use.  
  • Consider installing water alarms for areas that are hard to see or reach. 

 Remember, leaks don’t go away on their own, they only get worse with time. They cause property damage and can become expensive to repair. Take care of leaks as soon as they are identified, it saves water, money, and limits the complications of water damage.

If you need assistance with polar vortex related damage assessment, restoration, remediation, repair or just some friendly advice please give us a call and we’ll do our very best to help.

For more tips on preventing pipe breaks and limiting the damage of a flood click here.

To download Maxons Pipe Break Tip Sheet click here.

Stay safe,

 
 
 

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