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How To Prevent Frozen Water Lines in your Central Iowa Property

February 5, 2016 9:57 am

Important Things to Know About Frozen Water Lines

Frozen water lines can cause severe water damage in your home. Sub-zero temperatures for extended amounts of time often leads to frozen water lines, broken water lines, and then water water damage in your home. Make sure your water pipes are insulated properly this winter, and contact ServiceMaster by Rice for all your water damage repair and property restoration services.

Be Prepared at all Times

Frozen pipes are often one of the main causes of pipes bursting in your home. Before the winter hits, it is important to make sure that your home is insulated properly and you won’t be at risk for your pipes bursting in the winter. In typical water damage situations, the lower level of a home, usually the basement, is mostly affected. The downfall of water damage from your pipes bursting is that the water damage can affect any area and level of your home causing much more severe damage.

Water Damage is Expensive

When pipes burst, damage happens very quickly, and the water will not stop until the water lines are turned off. Water damage on the main or upper level of your home can result in very expensive damages. Water can seep through the walls, ceilings, and floors of your property. Sheetrock and structural framing usually needs to be replaced due to immense water saturation in concentrated areas. The longer you wait, the worse the damage will get. When your pipes burst because of freezing temperatures, remember to turn the water line off immediately to save your property from more severe water damages.

Take Preventative Measures

As a homeowner, you should take added precaution with your water pipes. When purchasing a home, it is important to know how old your pipes are to know if they can withstand the frigid temperatures. In the Midwest, homeowners deal with sudden temperatures and season changes, often overnight. Water pipes are more susceptible to burst with sudden temperature changes.

Make sure that all your pipes are insulated and don’t have direct contact with cold air. Heater tape can be wrapped around the pipes to give them the added insulation to prevent them from bursting. Crawl spaces and basements are often overlooked, because they have a lot of unused, unlivable space. Make sure that these spaces in your home are insulated properly to protect your pipes.

Professional Water Damage Restoration Services

For severe water losses and water damage restoration, call ServiceMaster by Rice. We service the western half of Iowa, so whether you are in the Des Moines area, Spencer, Cedar Rapids, Carroll, Storm Lake, or Fairmont, Minnesota, you can get help and get your house or business back up and running. For help with water damaged or flooding in your home due to frozen pipes, contact us today!