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Restoring Homes From Water Damage Caused By Frozen and Burst Pipes

We know that if you suffer from home damage due to frozen pipes or burst pipes, it is important to get help quickly. We are quick to respond and can be there in 2 hours or less to repair the damage. We see water damage from everything, including frozen pipes, ice dams, flooding, and sewer backups every day. However, we also understand that this could be your first experience with water damage to your home. We will explain everything and answer all your questions. We understand that repairing your home can be costly. However, we want to make sure you are treated with respect and consideration throughout the process.

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Prevent Any Further Damage From Frozen Pipes

One frozen pipe can cause serious damage to your house. However, they are not always easily identified. MRC Restoration specialists are experts in finding hidden damage and fixing it. We can help you with any type of water damage, standing water, or collapsed ceilings.

Our restoration specialists will respond quickly to your call and arrive on-site in 2 to 4 hours. They’ll use professional equipment to locate the source of damage. They will install dehumidifiers and air movers to speed up drying and prevent moisture from causing further damage to your home. Your satisfaction is our number one priority from start to finish. We are in the business of restoring your home to its original condition and will not leave until you are satisfied.

Five Tips To Thaw Frozen Pipes During An Arctic Blast So They Do Not Damage Your Property

Water pipes in your house or business may freeze due to the cold temperatures. You must quickly thaw pipes that have frozen. Otherwise, they could burst and cause severe water damage. Here are five ways to quickly thaw frozen water pipes.
  • Get the heat on

Turn up the heat in your house or business to free frozen water pipes. Open all cabinets and doors, and install fans to heat the area. The frozen pipe can thaw if the room temperature is too high.

  • Use a Blow Dryer to Thaw Pipes or Hot Towels

To allow water to trickle out of the faucets after it has thawed, first leave them slightly open. Next, heat the pipe by heating the faucet’s tip first using a blow dryer or hot towel moving towards the pipe’s coldest section. The water will drain if it is thawed at the tip first. This heat should be applied until the water pressure has been completely restored.

  • Use a Heat Lamp or Space Heater to Thaw

Your space heater or heat lamp can be plugged into an outlet. If your pipes burst, make sure that the outlet is not wetted. Place the heater approximately a foot from the faucet. Check the pipe every few minutes to make sure it is not frozen. Move the heater to the section of the pipe that has been frozen.

  • Use electric heat tape

You can also use electric heat tape to melt frozen pipes. The electric tape should be placed on the pipe. Wait for the tape to dry slowly.

  • Saltwater down the drain

You can use cooking salt to attempt to unfreeze frozen drains. To begin, heat water from a running faucet. Next, add large amounts of salt to the boiling water. Salt is better. Saltwater should be poured down the drain. Keep checking and adding more water every few hours.

When water begins to drip out of the faucet, you will know that your pipe has not frozen.Let the water run until the pipe is completely dry. Turn off the water supply and inspect the pipe for any leaks.

Frozen Pipe Prevention Tips

  1. Allowing water to drip from a faucet can help prevent damage from frozen pipes. Dripping water can reduce the chance of the pipes bursting if they do freeze.
  2. MRC Restoration recommends winterizing outside faucets to prevent frozen pipes and burst pipes. Then, disconnect the garden line from the outside faucet to check if it is frost-free. If the outdoor faucet isn’t frost-free, you need to turn off the water supply and drain it.
  3. Insulate all pipes. Pipes that are near the outside air, crawl spaces, attics, or other exposed areas are more susceptible to freezing. To prevent pipes from freezing, purchase pipe insulation and foam tape from any hardware store.
  4. Turn on the thermostat. A good rule is to locate the lowest temperature in your home where pipes are located. Make sure that your temperature is not below 32 degrees Fahrenheit.
  5. If the pipes are on outside walls, it is a good idea to keep the doors open in your kitchen and bathroom cabinets.
  6. If there are water supply lines to the garage, keep garage doors closed. This will insulate your home. 
  7. Seal any leaking windows or doors. When it is cold, windows can freeze if they are hit by wind gusts. Foam sealant can be applied to windows with air leakage. You can prevent pipes from freezing and save money on your energy bills.
  8. Watch out for water pressure fluctuations: Pay attention to water pressure. Irregular water pressure can indicate serious plumbing issues such as blockages or leaks. It could also mean that your pipes are more likely to freeze. You can identify the cause of unusual water pressure and fix it to prevent pipes from freezing. 
  9. Locate the main water valve shut off. If a pipe bursts, immediately turn off the water shutoff valve to stop further water damage. It could cost hundreds of dollars to waste time looking for the shut-off valve after a loss
  10. Always keep emergency numbers handy: Your insurance agent, a licensed plumber, and MRC Restoration number, 573-315-6143 are all available in an emergency.
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Frequently Asked Questions

About Burst and Leaking Pipes

How much does it cost to fix a frozen pipe?

Pipes that are thawing – or only partially frozen – often leak before they burst. Take action as soon as you see a leak! Stop the water immediately and call a plumber. Repairing leaking pipes costs an average of $150 to $350, according to HomeAdvisor’s True Cost Guide. Depending on the size and location of the damage, surrounding drywall repair may cost another $250 to $750.

How long does it take for a pipe to unfreeze?

Waiting for nature to take its course could be an exceptionally long wait. Location and circumstance will determine how long this wait will be. You can unfreeze them in 30 minutes with human intervention, depending on the method used.

Will pouring hot water down the drain unfreeze pipes?

In most cases, you can use this method only if the drain is frozen. On the stove, heat a pot filled with a half-gallon of water. As soon as it boils, remove it from the stove and pour it slowly down the drain. You might be able to completely clear your drain after thawing the ice.

When should you call a plumber for frozen pipes?

Before attempting to thaw a frozen pipe, turn off the main water valve and open a nearby faucet. Be sure there are no already ruptured or cracked pipes. You may need a plumber if this is the case. The safest way to thaw a frozen pipe is with a hair dryer or heat gun. Whenever you use a propane torch, be extremely careful – old, dry wood (which surrounds pipes) easily catches fire. It’s still a good idea to call a plumber even if the pipe isn’t broken – some plumbers will replace a frozen section of pipe rather than thaw it.

Will a frozen pipe always burst?

Even frozen pipes do not always burst if water can escape through an open faucet due to the expanding ice. Pipes freeze very quickly, so the time between freezing and burst can be quite short.

Does homeowners insurance cover a burst pipe?

Homeowners’ insurance policies typically cover accidental water damage caused by an unexpected occurrence, such as a burst pipe. Also covered are cleaning, drywall repair, or replacement due to water damage caused by a burst pipe, as well as furniture. You may choose to contact your insurance agent or adjuster to verify proper coverage.

How long does it take to fix a burst pipe?

It usually takes between one and four hours to fix a broken water pipe. Fixing a broken water pipe will take some time depending on a number of factors. A technician must determine how large the break is. After that, the repairs may begin.


When disaster strikes, you need to make sure your home or business is restored back to its original state. Our team of professionals will get to work quickly and efficiently to fix any issues caused by water damage. Rest easy knowing the job is in the right hands with MRC Restoration. Our skilled professionals are here to help you every step of the way. Making your life better is our priority.
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