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How To Handle Frozen Pipes in Your Building

12/14/2020 (Permalink)

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Steps To Take If You Suffer From Frozen Pipes

As a property owner in Tulsa, OK, you know that winter can be hard on commercial buildings. You might even expect some water damage, but do you know what steps to take if you suffer from frozen pipes?

1. Shut Off the Water
The first step to dealing with any water problem is to stop the flow. Locate the valve that disconnects the broken pipes from the rest of your plumbing system and close it. If you cannot locate it, turn off the main valve and cut your water off completely.

2. Call Your Insurance Agent
Contact your insurance company to make sure you are covered. It is important to notify your agent as soon as possible so that they can assess the situation and let you know what steps you should take when filing a claim. 

3. Document and Start Cleanup
Take high-resolution photos and notes of all of the water damage your property suffered as a result of the incident. This will help you with insurance claims and any restoration. Once you have evidence of the damages, you can start water cleanup. Remove any excess water by mopping or using a wet/dry vacuum. If there is a large amount of water, consider hiring someone to pump it out. Remove all objects and let the area dry.

4. Bring in Experts
Hire a plumber to inspect your pipes for any other damage due to freezing. It is easy to see a burst pipe, but frozen pipes also weaken and warp leading to problems later. You should also call a commercial restoration expert. They will assess your situation and help you create a plan to tackle any property repairs that need to be done.
Frozen pipes and water damage are always on your mind during colder months but being ready to handle them can help ease your thoughts when it comes to keeping your business operating all winter.

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