Freezing Temperatures Cause Pipe Breaks In Indianapolis
With winter in full swing here in Central Indiana, freezing temperatures are on the way. Every winter, we service many homes and businesses with busted water pipes due to extreme temperatures. It's very common here in Indianapolis to have a water supply line freeze and cause severe water damage.
One of the best ways to help prevent frozen pipes during frigid nights is to let the faucets slowly drip. Running water through the pipes will help prevent them from freezing. Also, open cabinet doors under the sinks to allow the home's heat to circulate underneath. Allowing the home's air to circulate will add a few degrees and make a tremendous difference.
Above 55 Degrees
Kitchen sink water pipes are one of the most common lines to freeze because kitchen sinks are usually facing an exterior wall. Keeping your garage door closed and your house temperature above 55 degrees will help keep your pipes safe. Also, it's recommended to insulate pipes and shut off the supply to exterior spigots.
If you happen to have a water pipe burst, the first thing you want to do is turn off the water supply to your home or to the area where the pipe has burst. Some people are not familiar with how to turn off the water to their home. It's a good idea to find your water shutoffs and understand what to do before you have a problem.
Find Your Water Shutoffs
You will have the main water shut off for the whole house. These main water shutoffs can sometimes be found outside where your water meter is located or within 3 to 5 feet of where the water main enters the home.
Most essential home plumbing fixtures have separate valves that control the water flow to them. Sinks, toilets, water heaters, and washing machines should have a small valve located near the plumbing that can quickly shut off the individual water supply. Merely turning the valve clockwise will turn off the water flow.
Stress-Free Claims Process
If your insurance policy covers your water damage, we can work with you and your insurance company to quickly clean up and restore your home from flood and water damage. We can help manage the insurance paperwork for a stress-free claims process. If your water damage is not covered or you choose not to get the insurance company involved, we can work directly with you.
Call SERVPRO of Indianapolis West
It's always best to clean up the flood and water damage as quickly as possible. Fortunately, at SERVPRO Indianapolis West, we are available 24/7 and will take care of your flood and water damage before it has time to get even worse.
So if this happens to you and you live in Plainfield, Avon, Speedway, Brownsburg, or the surrounding Indianapolis areas, give us a call at 317-243-3149, and we will be there quickly to handle your water damage cleaning and restoration needs.