Caution, Frozen pipe weather ahead!
Happy winter of 2022, DMV! The weather in our area can be unpredictable sometimes and this winter season is no exception. We have already received our first snow storm of the season and next week we will receive the next. Along with snow, we are expecting low temperatures in the coming days. This is a recipe for broken pipes and potential water damage. Here are a few tips to know just in case you experience water damage due to a broken water pipe.
- Know where your main water shut-off valve is and shut it off if you have a leak
- Open your faucets so that thawing water can freely drain and relieve the pressure
- Use either a small space heater or a hair dryer to warm up the frozen pipe
- Give our team a call for water mitigation services
Water damage from a broken pipe is considered a category 3 water loss, per the IICRC. Our intention is to restore rather than replace, which is why we recommend that you access the water damage right away. Waiting for the water to dry on its own is not a proper way to mitigate water damage, this actually increases your chances for mold. If the water damage restoration cost is higher than your homeowners insurance deductible, we may recommend that you reach out to your insurance company to place a claim.
For expert advice on how to proceed after you experience water damage, give us a call, we are always here to help!