Preventing Burst Pipes in your Business
Burst pipes can be devastating, so anything you can do to minimise the risk of a Burst Pipe happening in your business. As with most systems and parts of your office building prevention is by far the best solution, below we have highlighted several key things you can do to.
Ensure that any outside taps and piping including drain pipes for heating or overflow pipes are insulated. You can use insulating lagging or foam to do this but make sure you do not leave any joints, bends or taps exposed. For outside taps fitted covers are available.
Any piping that are in unheated areas such as dropped ceilings, basements and garages all need to be lagged with good quality pipe lagging.
Any pipes buried in the ground outside such as pipes to garages need to be buried deep enough and/or lagged.
Insulate your cold water tank, this is so often forgotten and can be the major cause of Burst Pipes.
Leave your heating on at least 54 degrees Fahrenheit at all times throughout cold spells. This will keep the system warm enough not to Burst Pipes and the water flowing.
Fix any dripping taps or existing leaks before the cold spell. Many Burst Pipes happen because of leaks.
Have your Central Heating System serviced regularly.
In particularly cold spells leave the ceiling open as this will allow the warm air to circulate around the space and warms any pipes in that space, reducing the risk of a Burst Pipe.
SERVPRO of W. Vancouver / Clark Co. can respond to your company quickly after it suffers a broken pipe.