Protecting your home with the dropping temperatures outside!
As the winter months bring colder weather it is important to protect your home from water damages that could be caused by your pipes freezing. Water expands as it freezes, which places pressure on pipes and puts them at risk of cracking or bursting. Pipes that are most at risk include those that are outside such as hose, swimming pool, or sprinkler lines. Others include those that are along exterior walls, have little insulation or are in unheated areas of the house such as garages, unfinished basements, crawl spaces, and attics.
Here at SERVPRO of Belleville-O'Fallon we want to help keep your Saint Clair County home safe and sound. Some ways that you can protect your home from freezing pipes include:
-At summers end, drain and store outdoor hoses from the winter
-Drain water from swimming pool and water sprinkler lines, while following manufacturer instructions.
-Locate pipes that are in areas that are unheated or uninsulated such as under cabinets, or in the garage. Both hot and cold lines should have insultation.
-Consider adding insulation to your attic, crawl space, and basement to further protect pipes from the cold.
-Keep the garage doors closed in freezing weather to keep as much heat in as possible
-When the temperature drops, and you have exposed or uninsulated pipes, leave the cold water faucet on at a trickle to help prevent freezing.
-Keep cabinet doors open to allow air flow to the pipes underneath (ensure that there are no chemicals or other products inside that children or pets could get into).
-If you are going on vacation, leave the heat on in your home and consider having someone come to check on your house in case of freezing temperatures.
We hope you stay warm and safe this winter. If you have any questions, or experience a water loss emergency our team is always available 24/7 at 618-233-1289.