Avoid Frozen Pipes and Water Damage This Winter!
By Shannon Egan
// Get out your thick coats, socks, gloves and hats because winter is just around the corner! But as you prepare to get winter ready, keeping yourself warm is probably not your only concern, and possibly not even your biggest. You can easily warm yourself up with a cup of hot cocoa or a nice hot shower! What you can’t easily warm up are frozen pipes that can cause serious damage to your home and/or business.
So, what you need to ask yourself is: are your pipes prepared for winter? If you’re unsure, follow these useful tips before the cool weather hits and it’s too late:
How to prevent frozen pipes
- Make sure you insulate pipes in basements, crawl spaces and the attic where temperatures are typically cooler and might drop below freezing. Note: Unprotected pipes are most likely to burst when overnight temperatures drop this low.
- Seal any openings that allow cold air to enter inside, including around your dryer vents, electrical wiring or pipes.
- If you’re planning a vacation, keep your home heated at no lower than 55 degrees.
- Open cabinet doors under your sink and closets where pipes are located
More water damage prevention tips
3 simple steps to restoring your frozen pipes
If pipes are frozen, there are three very simple (but effective) actions you can take in order to avoid a big mess! First, locate the crack before the pipes thaw, and then turn off the house water to prevent further damage. Second, you can try unthawing the pipes by increasing the heat in your home. And third, if this doesn’t work try using a hair dryer or heating pad! If flooding does occur make sure that you unplug all electrical items and contact a disaster clean up company right away!
What to do before a professional arrives before a restoration professionals arrives with their powerful vacuum units you need to make sure your water loss situation is handled correctly in order to minimize additional inconvenience or costs. Here are a couple things you can do:
- Make sure you remove as much excess water as possible with a mop or anything cloth.
- Wipe water from wood furniture.
- Prop up wet upholstery cushions for even drying.
- Open drawers and cabinets.
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