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Flooded Basement?

Most insurance companies will cover most of the cost associated with a broken water line that floods your basement. They usually pay to access the leak (removal of concrete and reinstallation of carpet) but they will not pay for repairing the plumbing.

The good news is that repairing the plumbing is a minor portion of the total cost.

Contact us to schedule your repair today.


Ohio winters and your pipes

 Freezing temperatures during the winter can cause big issues for your pipes. This is due to the water expanding when it freezes and causing pressure on the pipes. No matter the strength of the pipe, enough pressure can cause it to break.

When pipes burst, gallons of water can seep into your home each minute.

What to do if your pipe freezes or breaks

If your pipes are frozen but have not burst, you can carefully attempt thaw the pipe and keep the area warm. With a hair dryer on low heat setting you can wave the warm air back and forth along the pipe. However, you need to be VERY CAREFUL because the pipe you are thawing may already be broken or cracked somewhere where you are unable to see it. Water could come shooting out of the pipe as the water thaws.

If the pipe has burst or you think there may be a crack, the first step to take is to shut off the water and water heater. The next best step is to call a licensed plumber. Call 937-435-1222  for same day or emergency service if you see a broken pipe in your home.

Most common pipes that freeze:

  • Pipes that are exposed to severe cold, like outdoor lines and water sprinkler lines.
  • Water supply lines that in the interior but unheated areas like basements, garages, attics, and possible some areas of the kitchen.
  • Pipes that run against exterior walls that have little or no insulation in any area of the home.

Preventing Frozen Pipes 

 The Department of Public Utilities urges residents to take steps to prevent both water pipes and meters from freezing.

Keeping Pipes Warm

  • Eliminate cold drafts near pipes.
  • Tightly close doors and windows to the outside and eliminate drafts.
  • Fill any cracks in walls and around windows.
  • Wrap pipes in insulation or heat tape.
  • Open cabinet door below the sink to allow warm air from your home to reach the pipes.

Keep water flowing

  • Flowing water often breaks up ice below freezing.
  • It's less expensive to run your faucet regularly than for you to repair a frozen or burst pipe.

M. E. Merrell Plumbing
35 Marco Ln
Centerville, OH 45458


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