Western Massachusetts Water Damage From Frozen Pipes
The recent and early cold snap to hit Western Massachusetts and the Northeast, we have seen an influx of early season water damages due to frozen pipe breaks.
Obviously, it is important to keep an eye on the weather and take action to prevent exposure to the elements with regard to suspect plumbing in areas that may be prone to trapping extreme cold temperatures.
The coldest temperatures are expected in New England in the next few weeks. With the mercury dipping well below freezing, residents should take note of the increased risk for frozen pipes.
While there are long term measures you can take to prevent frozen pipes in your home, like having proper insulation and sealing any cracks or gaps in your siding or foundation, there are a few small, but helpful, things you should do during extreme cold spells.
In preparation for extreme freeze, these are a couple small measures you can take:
• Keep your thermostat set to a warmer temperature than usual
• Consider opening kitchen and bathroom cabinet doors to let warm air circulate
If you suspect a frozen pipe in your home, shut off the main water supply and call a licensed plumber right away. We recommend you avoid thawing a frozen pipe yourself - improper technique could cause the pipe to burst, leading to costly water damage and fire damage to your home.
SERVPRO of Hampshire County has served businesses and homeowners in the Northampton and the Pioneer Valley of Western Massachusetts for over 20 years when they have been stricken with water damage from frozen pipes or any other source whether appliances or ground water and anything in between.
Here's to not needing our water damage or fire damage cleanup services, but in the event that you find yourself in the unfortunate situation of a major or mini disaster, give us a call at 413-589-8975.