At this time of year, we receive many reminders to take precautions against the cold weather. Did you know that frozen pipes are one of the biggest risks of property damage when the temperature drops?
When water freezes, it expands. That’s why a can of soda explodes if it’s put into a freezer to chill quickly and forgotten. When water freezes in a pipe, it expands the same way. If it expands enough, the pipe bursts, water escapes and serious damage results.
Ideally, it is best not to expose water pipes to subfreezing temperatures, by placing them only in heated spaces and keeping them out of attics, crawl spaces and vulnerable outside walls. In new construction, proper placement can be designed into the building.
Be sure that everyone in the home knows where the main water shut-off valve is located. If you have a leaking or burst pipe—turn off the water right away.
If you’ve had damage due to frozen pipes in your home or business, contact Smart Restoration Services. The experts at Smart Restoration Services can address all phases of restoration, remediation and reconstruction. Contact us at 847.577.2900 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
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