How Winter’s Chill Can Affect Your Pipes and Hardwood Floors

There is nothing worse than waking up to a flooded kitchen when you went to bed and everything was okay. The next morning you walk into the kitchen to find your island cabinets have become a literal island. This happens more in the south but can happen to anyone. There are a few things you can do to prevent your kitchen hardwood flooring from becoming flooded and looking like the Atlantic Ocean. Also, there are some things you can do to minimize the water damage if you were to have a leak of any sort.

When to Worry About Your Water Pipes BustingBeautiful Kitchen Floors

In the south we are a bit naïve to harsh winter conditions. Builders in the southern states do not take the measures to insulate and protect our homes like builders further north do. There is actually good reason for that. We do not see many nights below 20 degrees Fahrenheit in our cozy Woodstock, Ga weather. A water pipe that is either not insulated or in a non-insulated area of the house will burst at 20 degrees or below. The 20 degree threshold is based upon research conducted by the Building Research Council at the University of Illinois. A licensed plumber would be able to do a thorough evaluation of your home to make sure you are protected from bursting pipes and potential flooring damage.

What You Can Do to Avoid Busting Pipes

Pipes do not typically burst where the water freezes within the pipe. It usually bursts between the frozen clog and the spigot. This is why letting your water drip can keep your pipes from bursting. It allows pressure from the expanding ice to push the water out of the pipe rather than rupture it. Another way to help is make sure no cold air from outside is able to leak into your crawlspace or attic where the pipes are located. If cold air is allowed to cross over the pipes, freezing is likely to occur. If there is a crack or gap in your home’s foundation, the appropriate caulking can make the difference in whether your home becomes flooded or not.

Advance Flooring Solutions of Woodstock, Ga handles all types of flooring damage. Typically, if the water is removed quickly from your wood flooring it can be as easy as a sand and refinish job. If the water is allowed to sit, expansion can occur which leads to buckling and warping of your flooring. More extensive measures would then have to be taken to return your floors to something like they were before the incident. Give us a call for a free estimate and rely on the professionals.

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