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Frozen pipes: how to avoid a disaster |

DENVER, February 7, 2022 /PRNewswire-PRWeb/ — The 2,000-mile winter storm that gripped much of the United States last week has brought the risk of frozen pipes and water damage to the forefront. BluSky Restoration Contractors, LLCa leading national property restoration company in the United States, recommends several ways to prevent pipes from freezing and what to do if they freeze.

“Pipes can freeze for any combination of reasons,” explains Denise Harrison, Head of BluSky Risk Operations. “Rapid drops in temperature to 20 degrees Fahrenheit or lower, or prolonged hours below 32 degrees can cause this. Poor insulation or thermostats set too low can make this more likely.”

According to Harrison, there are a few steps commercial and residential owners can take to significantly reduce the risk of frozen pipes.

How to prevent pipes from freezing:

“You can’t stop the temperature from dropping, but you can protect your pipes,” Harrison said. “If you haven’t already, insulate pipes in crawl spaces or attics.”

Pipe freezing is especially a problem in warmer climates where pipes pass through uninsulated or under-insulated spaces when freezing temperatures arrive. It is important to insulate hot and cold lines and seal leaks that let cold air into the spaces where the pipes are located. Disconnecting garden hoses and draining sprinkler systems will also reduce the risk of freezing in these areas.

What to do when a hard frost comes:

Harrison shared steps for landowners to take in the event of a hard freeze.

“Let hot water run from faucets overnight, especially near exterior walls, and open cabinet doors to allow heat to reach uninsulated pipes under sinks,” Harrison said. “Don’t turn your thermostat below 65 degrees in extremely cold weather, as further temperature drops could be enough to cause a problem. Your heating bill may go up a bit, but it’s better than a repair job. expensive.”

What to do if a pipe freezes:

“Don’t assume your pipes will automatically burst if they’ve frozen,” Harrison added. “No reason to panic at the moment.”

The first step if a pipe freezes is to turn on the faucets and leave them open. As the frozen area begins to melt, the water will start moving again and help more ice to melt. If the frozen area of ​​the pipe can be located, a homeowner can apply heat with an electric heating pad, electric hair dryer, or portable heater, or wrap the pipes with towels soaked in hot water.

“Never use a blowtorch, kerosene or propane heater or any other open flame that could create a fire hazard,” Harrison said. “Devices like this could also boil the water and cause the pipe to burst.”

If these steps don’t work or if a homeowner doesn’t feel confident performing them, it’s time to call a licensed plumber.

What to do if a pipe bursts:

“Turn off the water at the main shutoff valve and leave the faucets open,” Harrison said. “Then immediately call a licensed plumber to fix the pipe.”

A burst pipe can lead to water damage, Harrison added. Depending on the extent of the damage, the next call should be to a reputable property restoration company to extract the water and dry out the structure to prevent secondary damage and mold from developing.


About BluSky Restoration Contractors, LLC

Denver, ColoradoBluSky Restoration Contractors, LLC is a national provider of comprehensive restoration, renovation, environmental and roofing services for properties damaged by water, fire, storms and other disasters across the country. For more information on BluSky Restoration Contractors, please visit or call (800) 266-5677.

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