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The Threat of Broken Pipes in Extreme Weather

6/13/2018 (Permalink)

From flood-buried cars to slick roads, Summer in Jacksonville, FL can be detrimental to the smooth operation of business. The last thing you want to see upon sliding your way into work is standing water. Taking the proper precautions before bad weather hits could prevent a burst pipe from flooding your business.

Recognizing Risk

Water companies place extreme pressure on homes and busiensses. No matter the material or size of the pipes in your building, a cracked pipe can abruptly become a burst pipe if unattended to. While every plumbing line is subject to the phenomenon of water expansion, certain placements may be at higher risk for breaking:

• Pipes alongside exterior walls where there is minimal insulation
• Pipes in the basement, crawl spaces or cabinets where they are exposed
• Any outdoor water lines such as sprinkler systems

Identifying the most vulnerable pipes in your building can assist you when prepping them for the onslaught of flooding.

Employing Prevention Strategies

There are several tactics you can use to help protect your pipes from breaking during bad weather conditions:

• Insulate any exterior walls that may expose pipes extreme temperatures
• Check basements, cabinets and other unheated interior areas for lack of insulation
• Following manufacturer guidelines, drain water from any outdoor lines such as sprinkler systems in cold months
• Open cabinet or closet doors to allow warm air to circulate around pipes
• Maintain the heat both day and night at no lower than 55° F

Taking the proper steps to protect your business before the extreme weather arrives is essential to minimizing the threat of broken pipes.

Handling Cleanup

When weather in Jacksonville, FL is particularly brutal, even precautionary steps may not withstand the extreme cold. If a burst pipe has flooded your business with standing water, call a professional cleanup crew to assess and handle the damage so your business may continue in winter and beyond. Visit http://www.SERVPROjacksonvillewestsideorangepark.com for more information on storm damage

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