Winter storms in Denver bring threat of flood damage!

Posted by Matt Buchanan

December 19, 2012 – Well it’s certainly a good thing for the mountain towns that rely on good skiing conditions but sometimes not so good for Denver homes or offices…winter storms have brought a significant amount of moisture and bitterly cold temperatures throughout the Front Range with a large storm blanketing most of Colorado with severe weather.

We’ve written previously about preventing frozen pipes due to cold weather but this storm is a good opportunity to remind folks of some simple things you can do to protect your home from flood damage due to frozen pipes.

Determine which pipes are more susceptible to freezing.  If you have exposed pipes in your heated basement, there’s little chance they’ll freeze.  The pipes you need to be worried about are those that sit fully exposed to frozen temps, like an outside faucet that you use to hook up your hose in the summer.

Wrap exposed pipes.  You can either wrap them up with a towel and tape around them or buy professional pipe covers which are very expensive, but the goal is to make sure you can provide some insulation and waterproofing around the pipes.

Drip unused faucets.  If you have a faucet head inside your home that you don’t plan on using much, it’s a good idea to slightly open the faucet such that it drips out a tiny bit of water.  Obviously you don’t want a steady stream of water as that will make your water bill skyrocket, but just a little bit will help relieve pressure in the pipe and help prevent them freezing.

Expose cabinetry pipes to warmth.  In extreme temperatures, even the pipes in your home can freeze and burst.  To prevent this, open the cabinet doors under your kitchen and bathroom sinks so that they can get some of the warm air being circulated into your home.

Of course, all of the prevention tips in the world doesn’t guarantee you won’t experience Denver flood damage from a busted, frozen pipe.  If you do, it’s important that you call for professional help quickly.  Any reputable restoration service will be willing to provide you with a free estimate for any water extraction or clean-up services you need, so make the call!



About Matt Buchanan

I grew up in Irving, TX and left for Nashville, TN for college. After college I lived in Washington, DC and then in Cairo, Egypt. After coming back to the states, I spent a couple of years back in Dallas before moving with my wife to Denver!
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