Freezing Pipes: Water and Mold Damage

Freezing pipes can cause lots of damage in a short amount of time. Water expands when it freezes and quickly can create havoc in the most beautiful homes and buildings. This expansion process puts enormous pressure on the pipes. No matter how flexible the pipe material is, it can eventually break. And if it breaks we will have to call a plumber. The pipes which freeze most frequently are those that are exposed to intense cold, such as pipes located in foundation walls, basements, attics, and crawl spaces. Extra care should also be given to pipes located on exterior walls during times of extremely cold temperatures and high wind. That is why, before a pipe break happens, we have to do something on our part to prevent it from happening. Most problems can be avoided by removing all or at least most of the water from the pipes so that it will not expand and cause damage when it freezes.

How to Prevent Freezing Pipes

  • Have all pipes in cold areas properly insulated
  • Monitor interior temperatures to remain above freezing
  • Pour antifreeze in lines that will be subjected to freezing temperatures
  • Open taps to allow for slow and steady stream of water

In addition to taking preventive steps to freezing pipes, it is also recommended to locate the water shut off valves throughout your home in the event of a water damage emergency.

In addition to interior prevention, it is recommended to prevent freezing of exterior water lines as well. You can install high pressure compressed air fittings or “end of the line” drain valves for external piping and irrigation lines in areas suffering from freezing. The air compressor accessories will allow you to blow all the water out of the high-pressure airlines to make them empty for the preparation for the winter season. Keeping the water in the flow and maintaining the clearance of the drainage lines will help in avoiding the freezing.

When Freezing Pipe Breaks Occur

Taking quick action is the very step to minimizing damage resulting from freezing pipes. Immediately contracting water damage restoration services is the first step to removing the water and preventing mold. In the event that the water damage is not remedied within 48 hours, it is recommended to contact a mold remediation company to complete the restoration services. Mold forms quickly and affect your homes indoor air quality if not handled properly by a certified and experienced mold professional. To speak with one of our mold professionals about your concerns please call our offices at 816-287-4107.

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