“Pipe Positives” for Colder Days








It happens: a leak, pipe burst, or something with the plumbing puts a wrench in your perfect building infrastructure. Why is that? Well, it could be that it’s getting cold out, and the pipes have frozen. This can cause cracking, permanent damage, and can evolve into greater building issues.

In the infographic below by Nationwide Insurance, over 30,000 insurance claims were filed for burst pipes, and on average, the cost was $10,000 per claim!


Find out how to keep water pipes from freezing with this frozen pipes infographic.
Provided by Nationwide Insurance


So if you did the math (you’ll need a calculator for all the zeroes), that’s a total cost of $300,000,000, just for burst pipes caused by freezing! Preventative measures include insulating pipes, keeping a trickle of water going in unheated areas, and knowing where your main shut off valve is.


But what about if your suspect, or know, that a pipe is already frozen? Well, the good people over at the Red Cross have some great tips as well:


  • If you turn on a faucet and only a trickle comes out, suspect a frozen pipe. Likely places for frozen pipes include against exterior walls or where your water service enters your home through the foundation.
  • Keep the faucet open. As you treat the frozen pipe and the frozen area begins to melt, water will begin to flow through the frozen area. Running water through the pipe will help melt ice in the pipe.
  • Apply heat to the section of pipe using an electric heating pad wrapped around the pipe, an electric hair dryer, a portable space heater (kept away from flammable materials), or by wrapping pipes with towels soaked in hot water. Do not use a blowtorch, kerosene or propane heater, charcoal stove, or other open flame device.
  • Apply heat until full water pressure is restored. If you are unable to locate the frozen area, if the frozen area is not accessible, or if you can not thaw the pipe, call a licensed plumber.


Now all this happens, how are you going to report, call the plumber, and organize all these events at once? Well, the CrowdComfort platform gives you the option to have all reports, pictures, and processing ready at the click of a mouse, or the tap of a smartphone. Also, if a tenant, or employee, sees it before you, they can use the app to send you, the facility manager, the pipe issue.


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