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Can Frozen Pipes and Ice Damming Cause Water Damage in Lenoir City- SERVPRO

12/28/2021 (Permalink)

Frozen pipes with logo Severe winter weather can lead to ice damming, frozen pipes and many other home disasters. You want help from the experts! Call SERVPRO for help.

SERVPRO Clears Water Caused by Frozen Pipes and Ice Damming in Lenoir City

While it does not often happen, frozen pipes can cause a great deal of water damage in Lenoir City when the temperature falls below freezing. Many homes are not well insulated, and pipes located inside exterior walls, external faucets, and irrigation systems can easily freeze and crack. Once the ice inside the plumbing thaws, hundreds of gallons of water can escape inside the walls and into homes, causing a great deal of water damage.

SERVPRO can help with water cleanup and water damage restoration in Lenoir City after a frozen pipe spills water all over the house. Once the homeowner notices a line has split, turn off the main water valve to stop the water flow. Avoid turning on electrical items such as lamps, TVs, radios, etc., that may be exposed to the water. Remove items from the floor, especially colored fabrics, which might leach colors onto the surface where they are sitting. Arrange for help from SERVPRO for water removal services and drying of your home and contents.

Homeowners should act quickly to control the water and begin drying. Compressed wood products, hardwood floors, and drywall absorb moisture, expand, and lose structural integrity (Particleboard and drywall).

During a cold spell, whenever there is a concern the pipes may freeze, consider the following actions to reduce the risk and the damage from frozen pipes:

  • Turn up the temperature inside your home
  • Open interior doors, so the temperature is uniform throughout the home
  • Open cupboard doors where there are water lines to heat these spaces as well
  • Turn on water taps to allow a slow drip. Keeping the water moving will prevent it from freezing.

These actions may increase your utility costs slightly during a cold spell; however, they will help avoid water damage, stress, and frustration when dealing with water in your home after frozen pipes begin to thaw.

Call SERVPRO of Loudon & Roane Counties in Lenoir City and nearby areas. We can help 24/7. Call (865) 986-3015.

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