Avoiding Water Disasters
Winter time is often the time when water disasters occur. Colder temperatures can cause pipes to freeze and burst. During the holidays families spend more time at home putting extra strain on the plumbing system. With more use, weak portions of the plumbing system will be exposed and can cause back ups, leaks and water damage.
Below are 5 helpful hints on how to prepare so that you avoid a water disaster this year.
1. Protect Your Pipes from Freezing
When the temperatures dive, your pipes can freeze quickly and easily, even inside your home. When this happens, it doesn’t take long for a burst pipe to cause major damage to your home.
To cut back on the possibility of a burst pipe in your home, find all of the un-insulated pipes in your home and wrap them with some foam pipe insulation. You can pick up pipe foam at most hardware stores, add some duct tape and you have a quick and in-expensive fix for this potential issue.
2. Eliminate Leaks
If you are aware of a plumbing issue in your home now is the time to take care of them, before it turns into a bigger issue. Check the faucets in your bathrooms, kitchen, laundry room for drips or puddles. If you find anything, contact a plumber and get it taken care of now.
3. Turn the Water Off
A lot of families will be leaving town soon for the holidays. Be sure to shut off the main water supply to your home. The only thing worse than a burst pipe is a burst pipe when you aren’t at home. This is a free, and quick solution to avoid coming home to a disaster. Also, make sure your heat is left on, even if it is on low. This will help keep your pipes from freezing.
4. Take the Hose off of the Outdoor Faucets
Leaving the hoses connected to outdoor faucets is another area where frozen water can wreak havoc on your plumbing. Disconnect your garden hoses and bring them inside until the weather warms up. This will help you avoid costly plumbing bills plus it will help those garden hoses last a bit longer.
5. Close Outdoor Shut-off Valves
Most homes will have a shut off valves for the outdoor faucets. Make sure you turn those valves off and drain the water from the outdoor fixtures. Any water that remains in the lines and freezes could cause major damage.
When a Water Disaster Strikes
Hopefully these tips will help you avoid any water disasters in your home, but unfortunately water issues still happen. When it does, call the professionals! Not only can we help you clean up the water and get your home safe and dry, we’ll be able to guide you through any insurance claims that may arise.