Cold temperatures present many challenges for businesses, with frozen pipes posing a significant concern. Left unattended, the ice can cause pipes to burst, leading to extensive repairs for your plumbing system and any water damage.
Many pipes run through unheated and potentially uninsulated areas, increasing their risk of freezing. Your commercial property’s pipes may be frozen if you notice:
Pipes can freeze whenever the water inside them reaches 32 degrees Fahrenheit, but it’s most likely when outdoor temperatures are below 20 degrees Fahrenheit. At these temperatures, pipes can freeze in as little as six to eight hours.
Generally, you should thaw frozen pipes as soon as you notice them. Frozen pipes bursting is more likely as the pressure inside them builds, and water will flow freely from any cracks once they thaw.
Thawing frozen pipes improperly — such as with an open flame or an unattended space heater — can be dangerous. Consider calling a professional or use only safe methods, including:
Before you begin, turn off the water going to the pipes, but leave the faucets open. Thawing the ice in your pipes will create steam and flowing water, which will need a way to escape. If you notice any water leaking from the pipes, immediately stop using any electrical devices.
Even if your pipes thaw before bursting, they may have cracks, indicated by leaks. Address any leaks and repair the pipes right away to reduce water damage.
When frozen pipes burst at your business, expert commercial property restoration can help you address the damage and minimize downtime. Unlimited Restoration allows business owners to restore their properties and reopen their doors as soon as possible. We can also help you prepare for catastrophic events to ensure a fast response in a crisis.