What Your Nampa Pipes Can Tell You About Water Damage Restoration

water damage restoration nampa, water damage cleanup nampa, water damage repair nampaWinter in Nampa is just getting started. Cold temperatures can mean possible damage to your home in the form of frozen pipes. Not only are frozen pipes inconvenient, but they can also cause some pretty serious water damage and restoration issues. When water freezes, it expands. This expansion puts strain on the walls of the pipe and causes an extreme build-up of pressure. Pipes are not built to expand and can only handle so much pressure before they will burst. If a pipe bursts, the water will leak out in your home when it thaws. Water damage can lead to mold growth, restoration costs, and can threaten the integrity of your walls, floors, ceiling, or anywhere the water damage occurs, which is why you want to try to avoid it at all costs. So here is what you need to know about frozen pipes this winter.  

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Which pipes can freeze?

Some pipes are more prone to freezing than others. Pipes located in areas that do not have heat, or have less heat than living areas in your home like garages, crawl spaces, attics, or exterior walls of the home, are more vulnerable to water freezing than pipes centrally located in the home. Any areas of the home that lack insulation and have no heat source to maintain the temperature are areas where pipes are more likely to freeze. 

How can you tell if a pipe is frozen?

 The first sign of a frozen pipe is the lack of running water when the faucet is turned on.  If no water is coming out of the faucet, or only a very small trickle of water is coming out, your pipe is probably frozen. You can investigate further by looking for frost or excess water accumulation on the exterior of the pipe – this is a warning sign that the pipe is in fact frozen. 

How can I keep my pipes from freezing?

Pipes cannot freeze if the temperature stays above 32 degrees Fahrenheit. When the temperature drops lower than that, you need to begin to take precautions to keep vulnerable pipes from freezing. One of the easiest ways to prevent pipes from freezing is to keep a slow, steady drip of water coming from the faucet. Standing water in pipes will freeze, so as long as water is moving, even if it is just dripping, it cannot freeze. Another way to keep your pipes from freezing is to keep the heat on and at a set temperature day and night. Keeping pipes warm will prevent them from freezing. If you cannot heat certain areas of your home where there are vulnerable pipes, you can add extra insulation or heating tape to pipes. There are different kinds of pipe insulation so go check at your local hardware store to find what will work best for you. You should also keep cabinet doors under sinks open to allow the warm air to get in around the pipes. 

If you end up dealing with water damage this winter, whether from a frozen burst pipe or any other source,  the water damage restoration experts at Ultra Clean are ready to help. Give us a call right away, and we will handle the entire process from start to finish.

Before Water Damage Restoration In Nampa Is Needed

water damage restoration nampa, water damage nampa, water damage cleanup nampaWhile Nampa, Idaho isn’t necessarily known for its robust flooding seasons, that doesn’t mean that its residents are strangers to natural or man made flooding. Unfortunately, rainwater, melting snow, broken pipes and faulty appliances can and do commonly cause home floods, no matter where you live.

However, there are things that homeowners can do to protect their homes from flooding disasters. Follow these simple steps and you will be on your way to resting a little easier the next time a heavy rain comes your way.

Steps To Take Before Water Damage Restoration In Nampa Is Needed

Landscape

First, let’s get one of the more difficult tasks out of the, and that is inspecting the grading of your lawn and landscaping. What this means is you will be making sure your lawn slopes away from your home, so that water can flow away from your home, and does not have a chance to pool near your foundation or basement windows.

It is recommended that the grade of your lawn meets these requirements: the first ten feet closest to your home should grade at 1 inch per foot away from your home; after the initial ten feet, the slope should be 1 inch per every 10 feet.

It is also a good idea to take a look at any landscaping that is near your foundation, and ensure that it is set at least 6 inches away from the foundation; this ensures that water can drain properly. If you suspect that the landscaping and lawn around your home is putting your home at greater flood damage risk, it’s probably a good idea to reach out to a landscaping professional.

Remember, an ounce of prevention (and possibly some cost) is worth a pound of cure, or in this case, your home and family.

Gutters

Once you have assessed your landscaping, take a look at the gutters on your home. Are they clear and free of damage and debris? Great. Now, take a look at home they actually drain. The gutters should have a long enough downspout to distribute the water far enough from your home that it can drain away from it without issue. Pooling rainwater near your home is a sign that your downspouts are lacking or not placed on a grade away from your home. 

Routine Maintenance

The final step is something you will likely want to add to your calendar to start performing on a regular basis, this is performing a quick maintenance on any appliances that utilize water, such as washer, fridge and water heaters (and sump pumps – if you don’t have one, consider getting one – lifesavers!) This maintenance can reduce the chances of indoor flooding that would require professional water damage restoration.

The owners manuals on your appliances will usually tell you how to and how often to perform maintenance on them to keep they functioning and free of damage or blockages. 

Hopefully, these few preventative measures will give you some peace of mind. Just know that if water damage happens to your home, you can rely on the Nampa water damage restoration professionals at UltraClean to help 24 hours a day!