The sight of crews cleaning up a water-soaked room is all too common in the cold months. A pipe in a home freezes and cracks, leading to a major headache.
In this case, a leak formed behind the wall of a closet in a basement bedroom. Everything was fine around noon, but when the pipe damage was discovered at 3 p.m., the damage has already been done.
"There was water not only everywhere, but they could hear it running in the pipes. What they discovered was it had frozen and now as it warmed up, it had thawed," Jerry Berg said.
It can happen anywhere in a home. The major factor for when it does happen is the temperature.
"It's some place that normally is warm, but for whatever reason, the driven wind and the cold weather, and pretty soon you get a broken pipe," Berg said.
Once a pipe freezes and then thaws, water pressure does the rest. After that, homeowners are left trying to clean up and keep personal items from getting soaked.
No home is completely immune to pipe damage, no matter how protected you think your pipes may be. To keep yourself from having to deal with a soggy situation, Berg suggests doing something that he does in his own home.
"I went around and opened up all the bedrooms and made sure all the bathrooms had heat to the fixtures underneath and checked my basement to make sure my spigots going out were sufficiently heated," Berg said.
By doing that, you equalize the temperature in the home and keep your pipes from freezing.