Frozen Pipe in Ridgefield, CT
After a deep freeze in the winter of 2016, the pipe in the ceiling froze and burst causing water damage to the kitchen below. SERVPRO of Danbury/Ridgefield technicians responded to begin the mitigation efforts. We recommend during the winter months to keep the heat above 60 degrees to help prevent a freeze. Also keeping faucets dripping and maintaining water flow help prevent against pipes freezing.
- Open cabinet doors below sinks to allow heat from the home to circulate.
- Identify the location of the main water valve and the valve on your water heater. (Learning the location of these valves may come in handy during an emergency.)
- Wrap pipes nearest exterior walls and in crawl spaces with pipe insulation or with heating tape. This can prevent freezing, especially for interior pipes that run along outside walls.
- Close all windows near water pipes; cover or close open-air vents. Freezing temperatures combined with wind drafts can cause pipes to freeze more frequently.
- Heat your basement and consider weather sealing your windows.
- Insulate outside walls and unheated areas of your home.
- If you plan to be away from home for an extended period of time, shut off water supply valves to your washing machine.