Recent cold temperatures have resulted in frozen pipe damage across Tennessee. Frozen pipes can happen to anyone, anywhere. Water expands when it freezes, which results pipes bursting in many homes and businesses. Below are the steps you should take to help prevent your pipes from bursting, as well as what steps you should take if it does happen.

How can I prevent frozen pipes from bursting?

There are a few steps you can take to help prevent pipes from freezing, but unfortunately accidents can still happen. Below are a couple tips to prevent pipes from bursting.

  1. When the weather gets cold, let water drip from your faucets. This may be irritating, but it will help prevent water from freezing in the pipe. If the faucets stop working or the toilet stops flushing, your pipes may be frozen.
  2. Insulate indoor pipes in garages, attics, or basements with foam to keep pipes warm.

What should I do when pipes freeze and burst?

If you notice water leaking and signs of water damage, one of your pipes may have burst. Below are some immediate steps you can take to minimize damage.

  1. Shut off the water supply immediately

Make sure that you know where your main water valve is in case of emergencies. As soon as you notice water leaking, turn the water off. If you live in an area where you can’t shut off the water on your own, make sure to call the landlord or manager immediately.

  1. Call your insurance company

Water damage may be covered under homeowner’s insurance. Your agent can work with you to make sure your home or business is repaired.

  1. Call Mold Doctors USA for water damage restoration

Mold Doctors USA offers 24/7 emergency services. If there is severe water damage, call us at 865-945-3000. It is important to remove water right away to prevent mildew and mold buildup. It’s more likely you’ll suffer from mold later if you wait to remove water.

If you’re dealing with frozen pipes or other winter storm damage, call Mold Doctors USA today for 24/7 assistance. We’ll be happy to help restore your home or business.