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With winter weather in Denver comes the threat of water damage from frozen pipes. At Team K, we know how big of an issue frozen pipes can become, so we are going to share why frozen pipes are such a big problem, which pipes in your home are more vulnerable to freezing, and signs you should be aware of that a pipe is actually frozen.
Water is housed in the pipes in our home. When faucets are opened or appliances are turned on, that water is allowed to flow through the pipes to the desired location. When the temperature gets too low, that water that is standing in pipes can freeze. When water freezes inside pipes, it is no longer able to move, flow is completely stopped. When water is not allowed to flow freely through pipes, problems will arise.
Frozen pipes are a big problem that can create inconveniences and more importantly cause major water damage to your home. The biggest inconvenience frozen pipes present is the loss of running water. Lack of water makes every day tasks such as taking a shower or washing the dishes nearly impossible. This inconvenience makes every-day living a challenge, and also presents risks of water damage to your home.
Water damage from frozen pipes occurs when pipes burst. When water freezes, it also expands. This expansion of water, along with the pressure created between the closed faucet and the blockage of water, puts excess pressure on the pipe itself. Since pipes are not able to expand, when the pressure built up inside gets too high, the pipe will burst to release the pressure. When a pipe bursts, it allows water to leak and flood all over your home once water thaws. When water is able to flow again, it will create a mess of water damage wherever the leak or burst occurred. This is why it is important to prevent pipes from freezing.
Some pipes in your home are more vulnerable to freezing than others. Pipes that are centrally located and exposed to heat are typically safe from freezing water. However, pipes that are not protected by the insulation of heated areas are the ones you have to watch out for. Water pipes that run along exterior walls of your home and those that are located in attics, basements, or crawl spaces, are at a high risk of freezing. The lack of insulation in these areas exposes the pipes to colder temperatures; meaning standing water is more likely to freeze. Because these areas of the home do not receive as much heat as others, it is important to check the pipes there and be sure that they are properly insulated to prevent freezing.
It is important to be able to determine if a pipe is frozen so that correct action can be taken to prevent bursts. Here are some signs that can help you determine if you have a frozen pipe.
Being aware of frozen pipes and the risks of water damage they can cause can help keep your home safe this winter. If you do end up needing water damage restoration, whether from a frozen pipe or any other source, call Team K in Denver to take care of you and your home.