Minnesota Cold Temperatures - Water Damage
Cold Weather Near
Cold weather is in Minnesotan’s near future. The extreme cold temperatures that we experience can cause disasters to occur in one’s home or business. Here is some helpful information to prevent this from happening to you!
Why Pipe Freezing is a Problem
Water has a unique property in that it expands as it freezes. This expansion puts tremendous pressure on whatever is containing it, including metal or plastic pipes. No matter the "strength" of a container, expanding water can cause pipes to break. Pipes that freeze most frequently are those that are exposed to severe cold, like outdoor hose bibs, swimming pool, supply lines, water sprinkler lines, and water supply pipes in unheated interior areas like basements and crawl spaces, attics, or garages. Pipes that run against exterior walls that have little or no insulation are also subject to freezing.
During Cold Weather, Take Preventative Action
- Keep garage doors closed if there are water supply lines in the garage.
- Open kitchen and bathroom cabinet doors to allow warmer air to circulate around the plumbing. Be sure to move any harmful cleaners and household chemicals up out of the reach of children.
- Keep the thermostat set to the same temperature both during the day and at night. By suspending the use of lower nighttime temperatures, you may incur a higher heating bill, but you can prevent a much more costly repair job if pipes freeze and burst.
- If you will be going away during cold weather, leave the heat on in your home, set to a temperature no lower than 55° F.
If you are to have any water damage because of frozen pipes, please contact SERVPRO of Elk River, Becker and Big Lake for all your repairs! We will be faster to any disaster and make it "Like it never even happened."
Reach SERVPRO of Elk River, Becker and Big Lake at (612) 444-3336!