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Prevent Damage from Frozen Pipes

A church might have ownership of a vacant building or close off a section of the church complex that’s not in use. Without proper maintenance, this can lead to serious issues such as water damage.

Water damage might occur because of leakage through roofs, walls, and foundations, or it might happen because of frozen pipes. When a pipe freezes, it expands and can burst, and a burst pipe can cause an enormous amount of damage.

Ways to prevent frozen pipes

To minimize the possibility of frozen pipes, maintain some heat or have an expert drain the plumbing systems in unused areas.

Other methods to help prevent pipe freezing include:

  • Insulating pipes
  • Wrapping pipes in heat tape
  • Sealing air leaks

Problems caused by frozen pipes can usually be prevented by frequent inspection and maintenance. If water issues go unnoticed for a long period, the problem can worsen; it can also result in the formation of mold. So, it’s important to check vacant spaces regularly during cold weather.

What to do if you discover frozen pipes

Even if a church takes precautions, pipes can still freeze, especially if they are routed through exterior walls or exposed to freezing drafts. This can happen in both unoccupied and occupied spaces.

To test for frozen pipes, turn on faucets. If the water only trickles or doesn’t flow at all, you probably have a frozen pipe.

If you discover frozen pipes, open the faucets to get water flowing and call a plumber. If you find a frozen pipe has burst, shut off the water main, call a plumber and call United Methodist Insurance to file a claim for damage. 

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