January has kicked off the year with a bang. From the Dakotas to Texas, record-low temperatures are sweeping the country, leading to a surge in pipe bursts. The Guardian reported that “Nebraska governor Jim Pillen announced a state of emergency, citing “very dangerous conditions” in the state,” as they experienced extreme winter storms. As property owners, it’s crucial to understand the implications that this level of storms can cause. Premier Claims is here to guide you through the ins and outs of pipe bursts, providing essential information to help you protect your property this winter.
Understanding Pipe Bursts
Winter conditions can cause water inside pipes to freeze, leading to increased pressure and potential bursts. Consequently, these bursts can result in extensive water damage to your property, ranging from structural issues to ruined belongings. Understanding the science behind pipe bursts empowers you to take preventive action. Moreover, proactive measures can significantly reduce the risk of such incidents.
Signs of Impending Pipe Bursts
Unexplained Increase in Water Bills
A sudden spike in your water bill could indicate an underlying leak, potentially leading to a burst.
Decreased Water Pressure
If your faucets, sinks, or showers are not delivering water with the usual force, it might be a sign of a compromised pipe.
Gurgling or banging sounds in your pipes can signal impending issues.
If there is frost buildup on exposed pipes, damp sections of drywall, carpet, or ceilings, as well as strange smells from faucets or drains, your pipes may be on the verge of bursting.
Take preventive measures to protect your property from pipe bursts with these simple steps:
Insulate Exposed Pipes
Identify and insulate pipes in unheated areas to prevent freezing. You can insulate exposed pipes outside of your property using pipe sleeves and heat tape.
Maintain Adequate Heating
Allow your property to stay properly heated, especially in areas prone to freezing. Follow your local electricity provider for best practices in your area.
When the weather dips below freezing temperatures, allow your faucets to drip. This can relieve pressure and prevent your pipes from freezing and bursting.
Follow your local guidelines to drain sprinkler systems. Store any hoses indoors and shut off water valves to outdoor faucets, leaving outside valves open. Lastly, keep any external doors and garages closed, especially if water supply lines are present.
What Do I Do If a Pipe Bursts?
Shut Off Water Line
Promptly locate and turn off the main water supply immediately; in turn, this can help reduce the extent of damage to your property.
Open Faucets to Reduce Pressure
If you haven’t already, turn on faucets throughout your property. This should allow any remaining water in your pipes to release, reducing the pressure on the damaged area.
Initiate Cleanup with Caution
While you can start the cleanup process, especially un non-electrical hazard areas, consider professional assistance. Certified water-removal companies, recognized by organizations like the Institute of Inspection Cleaning and Restoration Certification (IICRC), can assist in reducing damage.
Partner with a Public Adjuster
Working with a public adjuster can be the key difference in the outcome of your water damage claim. Notify the Premier Claims team promptly after the damage occurs. Our team will provide guidance on how to navigate the claims process every step of the way.
Our commitment to industry leadership extends to providing educational content on topics like pipe bursts. As the country grapples with record-low temperatures, understanding how to mitigate the risks of pipe bursts becomes even more crucial. Premier Claims remains your dedicated partner, offering a helping hand in navigating the complexities of winter-related property damage.Winter storms may bring challenges, but with the right information and key steps, you can safeguard your property.