Dealing with Freezing Temperatures & Frozen Pipes

As snow continues to fall and winter temperatures fluctuate below freezing, it’s possible for your pipes to freeze. Not only do freezing pipes cause a great inconvenience, but can cause major property damage leaving you with extensive repairs.

What Causes Freezing Pipes

Exterior freezing temperatures cause the water to freeze and expand, creating a blockage. This blockage will cause an increase in pressure and strain your plumbing system. If the pressure gets too great it can cause the pipe to burst.

Hudson Valley isn’t a stranger to freezing temperatures. With that said, some pipes may be more susceptible to freezing than others. Pipes located along the exterior walls of your property may not have the adequate amount of insulation in protecting them from the exterior freezing temperatures.  Pipes located in the attic or basement may not be as warm as other areas of the house which can cause a greater tendency to freeze. Lack of use can cause freezing pipes. Leaving for an extended period of time and/or lowing your interior temperature while you’re away, can cause remaining water in your piping system to freeze when exterior temperatures drop below freezing.

Signs of Frozen Pipes

One of the first signs for the potential of frozen pipes is when exterior temperatures drop below freezing. You can take precautions like adding insulation to prevent vulnerable pipes from freezing. Frozen pipes can show an accumulation of frost on the exterior of the pipe, this warning sign can indicate the pipe is frozen before you even turn on the faucet. You may see frost on exposed pipes, like those found under the sink. Furthermore, if you turn on the faucet and there is a lack of running water, this can indicate that the pipe may be frozen.

Taking Steps at Home

If you’re leaving for the winter season or for a period of time, it’s important to take the necessary steps to turn off your water and blow out the water system to remove remaining water in the line. Once you are aware of the presence of a frozen pipe, you need to take immediate action to thaw and prevent the pipe from bursting. Depending on the location of the blockage and your plumbing knowledge or expertise, you may try to take the necessary precautions and actions to thaw the pipe yourself. First turn off the water. You can apply a heat pad, towels soaked in warm water or use a space heater to heat the area. It’s important to apply regular heat to the area, to allow the blockage to move and relieve the water pressure. Opening the faucet line can help relieve the pressure buildup once the blockage is removed.

 When to Call a Professional

If the blockage of the pipe is unknown or you’re unaware of the issue, it may be in your best interest to contact the professionals from Hudson Valley Contracting & DKI. Our certified technicians will be able to locate the ice blockage and take the necessary steps to minimize the chance of a pipe burst or clean up and repair any damage caused by a ruptured pipe. We offer 24/7 emergency services, call today if you notice a decrease in water pressure or suspect you may have a frozen pipe. We’ll be happy to answer any questions you have and will work to offer the best solution to your problem.

Finding and Dealing with Fire Damage

Fire damage repair is an extensive and complex process that can involve several variables including emergency boardup, water damage, smoke damage, and even mold damage. There are a lot of things to consider after a fire, and how quickly you respond can directly affect your total loss.

When the fire department responds to your home or business to fight a fire, their goal is to quickly and safely extinguish the flames. It is not unusual for the fire department to break windows or to vent the roof, leaving your home or business exposed to the elements and vulnerable to theft or looting. You’ll also have water damage from fire fighting efforts.

Fire damage repair encompasses all that needs to be addressed after a fire. A fire restoration company can provide emergency board up and roof tarping to secure your home and will get to work evaluating the damage and developing a restoration plan for your property.

Fire Damage Repair

Advanced Disaster Recovery Inc. provides emergency fire damage repair. Our fire restoration team will respond 24 hours a day, whenever you need us. Working with a fire damage repair specialist ensures that all the complexities of fire damage are not overlooked and that cleanup and restoration is strategically planned to minimize your losses.

Attempting fire damage repair yourself can be overwhelming, and sometimes it can do more harm than good. A fire restoration specialist has specific training and equipment for dealing with fire damage and smoke damage, and how to clean and restore items that have been damaged after a fire. They will provide an estimate and will work with your insurance company on the loss.

Always Practice Safety First

After a fire, there are many potential hazards that you may not be aware of. Fires can damage the structural integrity of your building, and can also damage utility lines connected to your home. Always make sure it is safe to enter to your home or business, and proceed with caution.

The fire department will generally give you clearance to enter your home after it is safe to do so. Do not turn your utilities back on until your utility lines are inspected and determined safe for use.

Orange County, NY Fire Damage Repair Professionals

Working with a fire damage repair company after a fire will ensure that restoration is done correctly and efficiently so your property is restored to pre-loss condition and you can return to normal as soon as possible.

At Advanced Disaster Recovery Inc., we provide emergency fire damage repair services. We are available anytime, day or night, to respond to your fire damage emergency.