What Are Some Signs of Frozen Pipes and Ice Damming in Seattle Homes?
SERVPRO Can Help You Locate the Frozen Pipes and Also Take Quick Action to Prevent Damages
Apart from the inconvenience of salting and shoveling, snowstorms present many other property problems. One likely outcome is frozen pipes or ice damming, and unlike the deep snow piling up on your driveway, the two issues can lead to physical damage to your property.
Identifying frozen pipes and ice damming in your Seattle home early enough is one way to avoid significant physical damage. Knowing the signs to look out for can help you make such timely identification. You can also call SERVPRO to help manage thawing, cleanup, and repairing affected areas.
Some signs of ice damming and frozen pipes include:
- Ice coming through the soffit vents
- No water when you turn on faucets
- Strange smells when you turn on faucets
- Icicles on the edge of the roof
When pipes freeze, water cannot pass through, so turning on sink or bathroom taps may only produce a trickle or no water at all. Sometimes the absence of running water may be accompanied by a foul odor since it is the only outlet. When identified early, it is possible to take quick action to prevent dire outcomes such as burst pipes or roof leaks. SERVPRO can help you take tangible action.
Thawing the frozen pipes is the essential step since it helps relieve the pressure that might cause bursting. The process can be as simple as placing a space heater next to pipes in an open area such as under a sink rather than involving demolition and reconstruction of walls or ceiling space. Our SERVPRO technicians can expertly remove the sheetrock, exposing the concealed pipes for repairs if necessary.
Ice dam prevention starts in the attic. Heat escaping from the below living area results in warming the roof trusses and sheathing. This promotes snowmelt. This sudden liquid flows and may freeze at the eaves or gutters creates the ice dam. Keep your attic well insulated. Heating cables can be another preventative option.
SERVPRO of Central Seattle can help you respond correctly when frozen pipes and ice damming pose damage to your home. Call us at (206) 282-9500. We’re Faster To Any Size Disaster.