When temperatures drop below freezing, the threat to your home or business from frozen pipes is very real. In fact, one of the biggest risks of property damage you may ever experience occurs when frozen pipes burst. Water floods the entire area where the pipe broke, gets the furnishings and belongings wet, and seeps into walls and floors where, if not thoroughly dried, it can pose a threat to the structure of your home or business property as well as a possible infestation from mold. If not properly treated, the resulting damage can cost thousands of dollars to repair.
Immediate Help with Frozen Pipes from VA Water Restoration
Whether you are experiencing a pipe that has frozen or a frozen pipe that has already burst, call the professionals at VA Water Restoration team immediately. We specialize in water damage cleanup and restoration, and will help you work through your frozen water pipe problem—from locating the blockage in the pipe where water has frozen to repairing a pipe that has already burst to cleaning up the water damage that occurred as a result. We answer your emergency call in seconds and are available to be onsite in just 30-60 minutes to clean up and repair your frozen pipe mess.
VA Water Restoration is a full-service, certified water damage cleanup and restoration company. We have been serving homes and businesses in multiple locations in Virginia since 2001. VA Water Restoration is licensed, bonded, and insured, and our courteous professionals treat your property as if it were their own.
Only Professionals in Frozen Pipes Are at Your Service
We hire, train, and retain the best, most qualified professionals in the business. You can trust that our technicians are knowledgeable, experienced, and highly skilled, as all VA Water Restoration technicians are IICRC-certified, having obtained professional water damage and restoration credentials directly from the Institute of Inspection, Cleaning, and Restoration Certification organization.
We do more than just clean up your mess—we also facilitate the insurance claims process on your behalf and do what is needed to ensure you receive the maximum benefit for the damage caused to your home or business. We document every step of our cleanup and repair process with photographs and itemized property lists and leverage our expertise and experience to get you the best and most timely settlement possible for the property that sustained damage as a result of a burst frozen pipe.
Why Do Pipes Freeze and Burst?
Frozen pipes are a fact of life in cold climates. Water pipes inside your home or commercial building that are located in an unheated space or one that is poorly insulated are susceptible to freezing, as are exterior pipes such as those for water sprinklers or swimming pool lines. Even when protected from subfreezing weather, pipes can still freeze and burst.
Sustained sub-freezing temperatures combine with cracks and holes in the walls of buildings to allow cold air to flow through and come into contact with water pipes that have little or no insulation. When this occurs, the result is a potentially dangerous situation of the pipes freezing and bursting. In fact, all that is needed for interior water pipes to freeze is exposure to an exterior temperature threshold of just 20 degrees Fahrenheit.
When water freezes at any point inside a pipe, expansion and continued freezing cause water pressure to increase downstream from the section of the pipe that is frozen. While most people believe it is the ice blockage in the pipe that causes it to leak and eventually burst, it is actually the increased water pressure that causes the burst.
If you experience a frozen pipe burst, the VA Water Restoration team will
- Assess the damage
- Take immediate steps to stop additional damage from leaking water
- Extract water that has leaked or flooded
- Dry the area and the contents completely
- Repair and renovate the damaged area
How To Prevent Pipes from Freezing
To prevent a pipe from freezing, it must be properly protected the entire length. To do this, the pipe should be placed within the insulation of your home or business building or you can insulate the pipe yourself. To minimize the potential for frozen pipes, take the following steps when cold weather sets in:
- Fit pipes with fiberglass or foam rubber insulation sleeves or wrapping
- Seal cracks and holes in outside walls near water pipes to prevent cold wind and air from flowing through
- Keep kitchen and bathroom sink cabinet doors open during cold spells to allow warm air from the room to circulate around the pipes
- Run electric heating tapes and cables along water pipes
- For those pipes susceptible to freezing, keep hot and cold faucets open for a continuous drip of water
- Maintain heat settings in your home or business when you will be away
- Drain the water system if you’ll be away for an extended period of time
Best Help with Frozen Pipes in Virginia
When compared to the structural and property damage that can occur if a frozen pipe leaks or bursts, the added expense of keeping your home or business sufficiently warm and pipes properly protected and insulated is minor. Call VA Water Restoration immediately if your pipes freeze and burst, or if you experience other flooding and damage from pipes that leak as temperatures rise.
Our professionals answer your emergency call in seconds and dispatch technicians to your location within 30-60 minutes. We will put our frozen pipe repair and cleanup expertise to work immediately—to extract the water, clean, dry, restore, and renovate your residential or commercial property to its original condition—and to give you peace of mind.