“An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure.”
FROZEN PIPES HAZARD
With severe cold weather approaching, property owners need to be prepared for the possibility of frozen pipes. A dire consequence of frozen pipes is the potential for the pipes to burst, costing thousands of dollars in plumbing, remediation, and rebuilding repair costs. Pipes burst when the water inside freezes. As the frozen water expands, pressure increases inside of the water pipes until the pressure builds to a point the pipe can no longer withstand, resulting in the pipes bursting open.
Detaching water hoses and wrapping exposed pipes and water spigots are easy preventative measures you can take to help prevent frozen pipes. If you do not have faucet covers, try one of these DIY methods HERE .
WHAT TO DO IF A PIPE BURST
If you notice a decrease in water pressure or water accumulating on the ground, you may have a burst water pipe. If you find a burst water pipe: Document. Document. Document. Take plenty of photographs and videos documenting the burst pipe.
Shut off your main water valve immediately and call a licensed plumber to repair the broken pipe. If water has damaged the interior of your home, document all of the damage prior to cleaning up the water. You should be aware that water damage can lead to mold and mildew growth if not properly remediated. A moisture reader from a local hardware store can give you an idea if moisture is trapped in your floors or walls. Some items may need to be torn out. You should contact a licensed contractor and/or remediation company if you have water damage inside of your home.
TANKLESS HOT WATER HEATERS
Yes, tankless hot water heaters can freeze. I experienced this in my home during a freeze last year. I opened a hot water valve and used a heat gun to warm up the tankless hot water heater to unfreeze the pipes. The hot water started pouring again after a few minutes.
You have a duty after a covered loss to promptly notify your insurance company and file a claim. Do not wait. The quicker you can file your claim the quicker the insurance company can assign an adjuster, evaluate the loss, and pay the claim. If your insurance company is giving you the run around, give us a call for a free case evaluation.
If you have any questions or need referrals for plumbers or remediation companies, give us a call at no charge. We are here to help.
Sye J. Broussard, J.D., M.B.A.
BROUSSARD | DOVE
7605 Park Avenue | Houma, Louisiana 70364
Local | Experienced | Relentless
Property Damage Attorneys
DISCLAIMER: The information provided above and on our website does not, and is not intended to, constitute advice. The information provided is for general informational purposes only and may not constitute the most up to date legal or other information. Any links to third party websites are only for the convenience of the reader. Broussard | Dove makes no representation or warranty as to the accuracy of the third party website information. Readers of this website should contact their attorney to obtain advice with respect to any particular legal matter. No reader, user, or browser of this site should act or refrain from acting on the basis of information on this site without first seeking legal advice from counsel in the relevant jurisdiction. Only your individual attorney can provide assurances that the information contained herein – and your interpretation of it – is applicable or appropriate to your particular situation. Use of, and access to, this website or any of the links or resources contained within the site do not create an attorney-client relationship between the reader, user, or browser and website authors, contributors, contributing law firms, or committee members and their respective employers.