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Frozen Pipes & Ice Damming

The winter months can be brutal in Michigan. Ice dams and frozen pipes are the number one culprit of water damage claims in the winter. 

When temperatures plummet to below freezing in a typical Michigan winter, it is common to experience frozen pipes or ice damming along the roof lines. Much of the damage can be prevented if the home or business owner understands the proper prevention techniques. 

Frozen pipes or damaging ice dams can still form, even with the best prevention efforts. 

If water damage does occur from a frozen pipe or ice dam, it is crucial to choose a contractor who is certified, licensed, bonded and insured. 

On-Site Specialty Cleaning & Restoration has been in business since 2001 and has serviced countless clients. Certified by the IICRC and equipped with the most advanced tools and procedures in the restoration industry, we have the experience necessary to restore your property to its pre-loss condition. 

If you have noticed flooding from a frozen pipe, or roof leaks from an ice dam, the proper action is required. Make sure the company you choose is experienced and equipped with the proper processes to restore your property. With operators standing by, On-Site Specialty Cleaning & Restoration can immediately send a technician to your property to evaluate the damage and get started on the restoration process. 

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Steps to Prevent Frozen Pipes in the Winter

The most cost-effective method of water damage restoration from a frozen pipe is prevention. Luckily, there are actions you can take to ensure pipes stay healthy- even during the harshest winter days. 

Tip 1: Keep your faucets flowing to a slow drip

On the coldest days, turn each faucet on to a slow drip. The small but continuous flow prevents water from freezing completely within the pipeline. 

Tip 2: Open the kitchen and bathroom cabinets

Proper air circulation within the home can assist in the prevention of freezing pipes. The additional circulation of warm air from the open cabinet doors can help keep pipes at above freezing temperatures. 

Tip 3: Bump up the thermostat on colder days

It may seem counterintuitive. However, it can save you a frozen pipe or two. In fact, most of our clients who experience frozen pipes thought they would be saving money by keeping heating costs down while they were away. Instead, they came home to water damage in their home that could have been prevented if they just bumped their thermostat up a few degrees.

Ice Damming Prevention

Ice dams occur when the snow melts faster on the roof than along the edges. The accelerated snowmelt accumulates along the roof and gutter line, which can create an unnecessary heaviness. The additional weight can cause leaks behind the siding or roof leaks; both can cause water damage issues that could worsen if not addressed immediately. 

Tip 1: Create a cold roof to prevent ice dams

Keeping the roof cold during the winter seems counterintuitive. However, we have found that since heat raises through the attic, it can contribute to an acceleration of snowmelt in the middle of the roof. This creates the perfect conditions for an ice dam. Shielding the roof from interior heat helps to prevent ice damming along the edges. Since the snow melts evenly, it prevents unnecessary run-off on the edge of the roof. 

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Choose On-Site Specialty Cleaning & Restoration

Water damage from the harsh Michigan winters can be very common. The minute you notice a roof leak from ice damming or water damage from a frozen water line, it is important to call a certified professional. Time is of the essence and choosing the right contractor is key in safely restoring your property. 

Available 24/7, On-Site Specialty Cleaning & Restoration has helped home and business owners safely restore their properties from ice damming and frozen pipes. 

On-Site Specialty Cleaning & Restoration proudly services Warren, Sterling Heights, Livonia, Dearborn, Clinton Township, Farmington, Rochester, Westland, Southfield, Troy, Canton, Waterford, Utica, Pontiac, Taylor, Saint Clair Shores and neighboring cities.

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