Is Your Plumbing Well Protected in a Clifton Park Home?
Many homeowners get surprised every year to find water damage after under-insulated pipes break.
With a grip of winter storms Clifton Park has experienced, ranging from Orlena to Shirley, steep temperature drops and cold snaps have threatened homes and businesses in the past months. Many structures have insulated pipes to prevent ice, but prolonged exposure in conditions well below freezing can still develop these damaging situations. Once ice forms inside of a water line, it can cause ruptures and breaks.
How Can Your Pipes Freeze?
Extreme cold temperatures over a prolonged period, even just an evening, can compromise installed and under-insulated pipes in your home. With cold snaps, a regular event for Clifton Park winters, the likelihood of multiple lows beneath the necessary threshold to freeze and burst pipes is high. Still, water in pipes is the most likely to freeze over a matter of four to five hours, and depending on the lows, this timeline could decrease and include lines with a little flow.
Are There Warning Signs?
There are several indicators that freezing might be happening or already happened. The most unambiguous indication is a loss of pressure or lack of flow from fixtures. Nothing from the faucets can usually point towards a blockage in the service, usually ice damming at vulnerable spots susceptible to changing weather conditions. In colder basement areas, you can often see pipes running to fixtures throughout the property, and when frost is forming on spots, this can show where ice clogs are forming.
What Damage Can A Burst Pipe Do in Your Clifton Park Home?
When the water in the pipes becomes solid, the expansion can test the limitations of lead and copper pipes. When plumbing bursts or separates under this stress, immense water volumes can pour onto flooring or in wall cavities until you can get to the primary shutoff. Similar to drinks expanding and exploding from their containers in freezers, a burst pipe requires both immediate extraction efforts from our SERVPRO team, as well as the services available with our general contractor license.
Do You Need Professional Water Cleanup?
Our team of water restoration experts can help with efficient mitigation as soon as we arrive. With powerful water removal tools, we can manage pooling to protect water-exposed contents and building materials better. Oversaturation and trapped moisture can quickly become a concern. Moisture detection tools like hygrometers and thermal imagery can identify damp pockets beyond surface material to limit tear-out for the drying to follow. Practical evaporative drying tools to eliminate moisture includes:
- Centrifugal air movers
- Desiccant dehumidifiers
- Portable heaters
- Positive/negative pressure systems
- Floor mat drying system
- Carpet wands
When an under-insulated water line becomes exposed to threatening temperatures below the freezing threshold, burst pipes can occur. Our SERVPRO of Southern Saratoga County team can help with efficient water removal practices, plumbing repairs, and reconstruction as necessary. Give us a call anytime at (518) 885-2620.