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The Dangers of Frozen Pipes and Signs To Look For

1/10/2018 (Permalink)

The cold months pose special threat to your commercial property in Edmond, OK. Water damage due to broken pipes and the associated water cleanup are anything but fun to deal with. Here’s why frozen pipes are dangerous and how to know if you have a frozen pipe.

Why Are Frozen Pipes Dangerous?

A frozen pipe can potentially explode if pressure has the chance to build up. Frozen water in pipes can lead to pressure-buildup between the faucet and the blockage and cause the pipe to burst. Furthermore, if your commercial property depends on running water, a broken pipe can interfere with your day-to-day business. Additionally, if the disaster strikes while you’re away from your property, extensive damage can be the consequence. Mold only needs 24 to 48 hours to grow and spread around, meaning that water damage can quickly lead to damage from mold and mildew.

What Are the Signs of Frozen Pipes?

These are the four things that should set off your inner alarm bells:

• Temperature
• Frost
• No water
• Smell

Keep in mind that water can freeze at temperatures at or below 32 degrees Fahrenheit. It does not matter if you live in a cold or warm climate; if pipes are not protected, they can freeze. In fact, buildings in warm climates are oftentimes more prone to broken pipes as their pipes are usually not insulated.

Should you notice frost on any visible pipes, don’t turn on the water as this is a big warning sign. Another sign that you might have a frozen pipe is if you can get only little or no water when you turn on a faucet. An unusual smell from a pipe or drain can mean that the pipe is partially or fully blocked with ice. Reach out to a professional as soon as you notice any of these four warning signs.

Unfortunately, somethings things go wrong and water cleanup becomes necessary. Water damage from broken pipes needs to be addressed immediately. The job is best left to a cleanup company that has the tools and expertise necessary to successfully restore your property.

Visit http://www.SERVPROedmond.com for more information on commercial water damage.

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