Pipe Freezing Prevention In Commercial Buildings
Pipe freezing is a serious problem that can occur in commercial buildings during the winter. When water in the pipes freezes, it expands and can cause the pipes to burst. This can lead to significant damage to the property and expensive repairs. There are several things that can be done to prevent this issue, such as insulating the plumbing system and keeping the building heated. By taking these steps, commercial building owners can avoid the costly repairs that are associated with pipe freezing.
However, sometimes even the best preparation and maintenance is not enough. If something does go wrong, you need help with water mitigation and flood damage restoration services. First, learn how to prevent the water in your pipes from freezing as much as possible. Then, discover how to find the best help to keep things running smoothly in your commercial building with the help of ServiceMaster by Timeless.
Inspection to Prevent Pipe Freezing
Most building owners or property managers do not think about their plumbing until something goes wrong. However, taking a little time to hire a professional team to inspect your plumbing can save you a lot of money and headaches in the future. Commercial properties have rather complex plumbing systems. They are not like houses that primarily focus on kitchens and bathrooms. First of all, they are usually quite a bit bigger and therefore have more individual pipes, junctures, and fixtures that can all cause problems if not properly maintained.
At the very least, schedule an inspection before the cold weather begins in your area. For best results, bring in the experts more frequently to stop small problems before they get bigger. The classic adage, ‘An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure’ is highly applicable when speaking about plumbing. The expense and disruption of burst pipes and a flood of freezing water can make a big, deleterious impact on your company’s bottom line.
Keep Temperatures Warm Enough
One of the most common problems during cold weather is frozen pipes. This can happen when water leaks from a crack in the pipe or when there is lack of insulation around the pipe. As water freezes, it expands and puts pressure on the pipe, which can cause it to burst. A small drip from a leak or unsealed joint can also turn into a big problem if it freezes and causes the pipe to rupture.
There are three major causes of frozen pipes, although all of them come back to low temperatures. You may think that the chance of interior plumbing experiencing this problem is quite low. After all, it is not like the pipes are running through open air outside where the temperature can get much colder. Pipes freeze due to lack of insulation. This not only keeps colder air away from the metal or other material, it also helps to keep the warmth of the water itself inside. It can prevent the need for serious water mitigation services and make the whole system run more efficiently.
You also may experience frozen pipes in your commercial building due to lack of circulation. While things like office buildings, shopping centers, and industrial workplaces get the same amount of use throughout the year, some types of businesses may not. It is especially important to keep track of your pipes and inspect them regularly if you operate a seasonal business. If parts of the environment are not heated as much as they normally are, or if the water does not circulate as often, the chance of frozen pipes increases quite a bit.
Water Circulation Helps in Emergent Situations
Anyone who lives in a cold climate has probably heard the suggestion to turn on the taps in the bathroom and kitchen if heavy freeze or frost is in the weather forecast. This is something that grandparents passed down through the generations. With proper insulation and efficient heating systems, it has become less common over the years. However, not every commercial building is properly insulated, and quite a few of them are older than modern construction. If the temperature is forecast to dip much below freezing, it can help to ensure water circulation more than usual. While it may seem impractical to open up every faucet in a large building so the water trickles out, it may be a reasonable line of defense in extreme situations.
Flood and Water Damage Restoration and Recovery
Sometimes, no matter how many proactive efforts you make, your pipes will freeze and cause problems for the entire plumbing system. There are two stages to concern yourself with when it comes to maintaining your commercial building. First, if the water in the pipes is frozen but has not caused leaks yet, you can slowly warm things up by adjusting your HVAC system and setting the thermostat higher. If the electricity went out, it may help to get an alternate source of power operating as quickly as possible.
If the pipes froze and burst, you need expert help as quickly as possible. Do not wait until everything falls out and the water is running freely all over your floors or in your walls. This will lead to many more difficult and expensive problems that may require a complete shutdown of the facilities during water mitigation and repair. Unplug and move all electrical and computer equipment. Shut off the main water supply if possible. Call in commercial plumbers and restoration experts like ServiceMaster by Timeless who have water mitigation and restoration knowledge and experience.
Start planning now! The best way to avoid a major loss when disaster strikes is to have a plan in place to respond to the disaster quickly and limit the damage and your losses. By partnering with ServiceMaster by Timeless, you will get assistance implementing emergency plans that will protect your business in case of a disaster as well as priority response after a disaster.