Newman Restoration & Cleaning  is a family business that is owned and operated by Andrew Newman, whose experience in the restoration industry reaches all the way back to his childhood where he worked as an employee for his parents’ restoration business. He makes it a point to get to know his clients on a personal level before beginning any restoration work. At Newman Restoration and Cleaning, we realize it’s a privilege to work inside the home or business of someone else and will never jeopardize that privilege.

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beware of frozen pipes 

As the temperature drops, what you need to do to prevent disaster 

By Newman Restoration & Cleaning 

It's simple science. When water freezes, it expands and that expansion can put an immense amount of pressure on anything that contains it, even the pipes that are a part of your home's plumbing.

As temperatures begin to drop, here are some tips for prevention and what to do in case of a frozen pipe. 

Where are pipes most likely to freeze?

Some pipes are more vulnerable than others. Pipes running near exterior walls are most susceptible to freezing. Pipes in the crawlspace are also vulnerable to freezing if they are not properly insulated. Whichever areas of the home are the coldest or most difficult to heat are going to be the first to freeze. These areas should be checked daily to catch water damage before it develops into a larger issue.


Adding insulation, pipe wrap, or electric tape can prevent pipes from freezing. Eliminating the source of cold air near pipes is also important. Fixing drafts and missing insulation is crucial to protecting pipes.


While it is a cost cutting measure, turning off the heat in your home can lead to very expensive water damage. A pipe may not freeze and burst right away, but consistent freezing and thawing can develop into a sudden rupture or slow leak. Both results can develop into an expensive remediation bill. If the temperature inside a home is in the fifties, exterior wall cavities can easily drop to below freezing. Keep the thermostat above 60 degrees to protect against water damage. If you are going to leave a property unattended, it is recommended to have a plumber winterize the pipes. This step is expensive but is often less than the deductible for a water damage claim. 


Water flowing suddenly from pipes or barley trickling out can be a sign of freezing. Excess moisture or a very cold tap is another indication. A frozen pipe may also be bulged out around where the water has frozen. It is possible to unfreeze a frozen pipe, but you should only attempt to do so with the water turned off. Some common home remedies are to use a hairdryer or wrap the pipes with warm towels. Team Newman suggests using a trusted plumber to unfreeze any pipes and offer solutions to prevent freezing in the future. 


If a pipe does rupture, turn off the water to the home immediately. Knowing where the water shut off valve is located is very important. It is a good practice to clearly label the valve so someone else can easily find it. These valves are most often located on the perimeter of the home in a utility space. It will be located very close to where the water enters the home from the main line. If it is difficult to find the water shut off, contact a local plumber who can help explain the system. Shutting off the water quickly can prevent additional damage.


Shut off the water and call a restoration professional - Getting a professional restoration company involved right away will help limit the damage. At Newman Restoration & Cleaning, we are prepared to respond 24/7 to stabilize any water damage that may occur from a broken pipe.

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