Winter Storms and Frozen Pipes
Upon waking up and seeing the snow falling, it has become apparent that it is that time of year again. . . .
The National Severe Storms Laboratory catagorizes a winter storm as having snow, freezing rain, or sleet. As we are Michiganders, it is all too common for us to see any or all of these in a short period of time.
When temperatures are frigid, and precipitation in in the forecast, that's when SERVPRO of Carleton/Maybee prepares for the flood of calls that they know are sure to come in.
What Causes Pipes to Break?
A significant amount of winter storm damage occurs when pipes freeze and break. When water freezes, it naturally expands, which causes pressure within the pipe, and can cause it to break. Exposed pipes (quite often outside or under the home) are the most likely to experience this, however pipes within your home that do not have access to heat may be vulnerable as well (pipes underneath your kitchen cabinets or in your garage, for example).
How Can This Be Prevented?
- Before temperatures reach freezing, check and make sure crawlspace vents are closed
- Make sure exposed pipes are insulated and protected (this can be done fairly easily by wrapping them with pipe sleeves)
- Keep the garage door closed to prevent cold air from coming in
- Open kitchen and bathroom cabinet doors to encourage warm air circulation
- In extreme low temperatures, leave faucet (especially hot water side) on at a slow drip
- Keep the temperature in your home above 55 degrees Fahrenheit
If you or someone you know experiences an issue with winter storm damage or frozen pipes this winter, call SERVPRO of Carleton/Maybee at (734) 299-7006