A frozen pipe can lead to needing flood remediation. Water has a unique property in that it expands as it freezes. This expansion puts tremendous pressure on whatever is containing it, including metal or plastic pipes. No matter the “strength” of a container, expanding water can cause pipes to break. Pipes that freeze most frequently are those that are exposed to severe cold, like outdoor hose bibs, swimming pool supply lines, water sprinkler lines, and water supply pipes in unheated interior areas like basements and crawl spaces, attics, garages, or kitchen cabinets. Pipes that run against exterior walls that have little or no insulation are also subject to freezing.
Surprisingly ice alone forming in a pipe is not what causes it to break. It’s the continual freezing and expansion that causes water pressure to increase downstream, between the ice blockage and the closed faucet at the end. It’s this increase in water pressure that leads to pipe failure and usually the pipe will burst where little or no ice has formed.
Frozen pipes are one of the biggest risks of property damage when the temperature drops. The cost of damages can result to more than $5,000.00 to repair.
If you should find yourself faced with a pipe break situation, call us. We have 24 hour emergency
services available and will do our very best to bring your home back to its pre-loss condition as soon as possible.