If you’re a homeowner, you know what it means when something breaks or needs replacing; but it’s even more frustrating when it happens in extreme temperatures. With Kansas City’s unpredictable weather patterns, a quick freeze can occur any time. Frozen pipes are just not the things you want to deal with on your own, so it’s always a good idea to have the phone number of a reliable and experience professional on hand for just such emergencies.
Did you do your prep work to winterize your pipes?
There are plenty of things you should have done before winter temperatures set in, such as: disconnect garden hoses, cover outdoor faucets, turn off the water to those faucets, turn off and blow air through your sprinkler system lines, make sure any exposed pipes under your home are insulated with foam insulation specifically for pipes, and close or cover crawlspace vents or basement windows.
If the weather is extremely cold or your heat source fails to keep the house warm, you can take some extra precautions inside your home as well. Set both the hot and cold faucets to drip in the kitchen and bathrooms, if the faucet is the lever type be sure to set it in the middle to keep both lines open; and if the line to your refrigerator’s icemaker runs under the house, then set the icemaker to make ice.
You should know where the main cut-off valve is for the water and keep the cut-off key in a convenient place if a pipe does burst. You’re going to want to be able to shut that water off quickly to avoid excess water damage and a higher water bill. In the event, you cannot find the main water valve, give your trustworthy handyman a call and ask them if they will show you where it is.
If you do see or notice that some pipes are freezing up, but haven’t yet burst, you can use a hair dryer, portable heater, heat lamp, or some electric heat tape to warm them up. You can also open the cabinet doors; that will, at least, let some of the warmer room air circulate the pipes.
What to do if a pipe does freeze and burst
Well, if you did your prep work before winter you should already know where the main cut-off valve is and have the key handy; but if you didn’t then that’s going to be your first priority, so you can stop the gushing water from causing too much damage. Time saved equals water saved, and water saved can mean the difference between hundreds of dollars for repairs and thousands of dollars in repairs and replacements.
The very next thing at the top of the priority list is to call a professional! Do not try to fix or salvage things, even if it’s only a couple of inches of water because electricity doesn’t discriminate; one wrong step or movement could cause serious or fatal injuries.
Now that you’ve stopped the water, called a professional, you should contact your insurance company. Your insurance company understands you’re going to be concerned about your belongings, but they are also the best equipped to work with your professional handyman service in getting repairs or restoration and clean-up taken care of quickly and efficiently. The last thing you’re going to want to discover is that you tried to clean it up yourself and if done improperly, a mold and mildew problem was ignited.
An ounce of prevention is no joke
So, maybe you thought this post was going to be the perfect little “DIY” on what to do if you have a busted water pipe; but if you’ve read this far you know all the DIY stuff falls under the prevention and preparation section. The rest of it about making sure you aren’t out thousands of dollars in damage, keeping you safe and giving you peace of mind by letting a professional company like, Schloegel Handyman Service, take care of the repairs. We have been in business for over 35 years, and our skilled and certified handymen strive not just to meet, but to exceed your expectations. Our goal is to be the most trusted handyman service in the Kansas City area, and that starts with you.