frozenpipesWater damage caused by a burst frozen pipe can be significant. When severe cold and high winds result in temperatures well below freezing, a scenario that’s quite common in Ohio, water can freeze inside your pipes, expand, and cause the pipe to crack or break, allowing water to flow freely from the damaged pipe.

Depending on where the burst frozen pipe occurs, you may find yourself with a flooded basement or crawlspace, or water inside your home that is soaking insulation, ceilings, flooring and everything else. Take immediate action to stop the flow of water from the burst pipe and protect your home from additional damage.

Turn Off The Water Supply

Whenever you experience a burst pipe, shut off the main water supply as soon as possible. This shutoff valve is usually located underneath a sink or by an access panel near the main service pipe. If you don’t know where your main water supply shutoff valve is located, take a moment to find it before a disaster happens.

After you shutoff the water supply, open all taps and flush toilets to drain remaining water from the pipes to stop any leaks. Leave the taps open as you locate the burst pipe and assess the damage. Depending on the extent of the damage and your level of experience, you may be able to thaw the pipe yourself and repair the pipe. Call a professional if you need help.

Call A Water Damage Professional

Burst pipes are a water damage emergency, and after you have shut off the source of the water, call a water damage cleanup company to remove the water and dry your property. At Water Extraction Team (WET), we provide 24/7 emergency response for water damage emergencies, and will get to work right away to mitigate your losses and return your home to pre-loss condition.