SERVPRO of North Calhoun County are the burst pipes experts!
FROZEN OR BURST PIPES:
There are preventative measures that can be taken to keep this winter woe away, some of these are…
- Disconnect hoses and/or any other attachments you may have connected to your water/plumbing system.
- Insulate pipes with any of these type of items: heat tape, wraps or Styrofoam.
- If your pipes seem too cold to the touch, then turn the heat up in your home to allow the vents to provide more heat for them.
- Open cabinets and enclosures to allow more heat exposure.
- When leaving for extended periods of time, turn off water and drain pipes.
- If your pipes have just frozen and are not yet damaged, try to heat them with a blow dryer or low heat setting along the area of pipe that is frozen.
KEEP THE COLD AIR OUT:
- ALWAYS ensure you have all of your windows and doorways/entryways sealed so there are no leaks.
HAVE YOUR SUMP PUMP INSPECTED AND CLEANED BEFORE WINTER COMES:
- Inspect your sump pump, clean it out if it is clogged and consider wrapping it with insulation. These precautions are necessary because when exposed to extreme cold these pumps can stop working and leave you with a mid-winter sewage back up in your home.
PROTECT YOUR HOT WATER HEATER:
- Keep the housing area warm by sealing it off from any drafts and increasing the temperature.
- Inspect your hot water heater for any damage or sediment build-up.
- If your water is still running cold, try to turn up the water heater's thermostat by 5 to 10 degrees... ALWAYS remember not to turn it so hot it will scald you.
SECURE YOUR CRAWL SPACE:
- Make sure all exposed pipes have been insulated as the heat coming from your home will not reach them.
Sometimes these measures are still not enough to prevent pipes from bursting or our homes from suffering water damage during the winter.
SERVPRO of North Calhoun County is ready 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year, even on holidays to assist you if a water disaster strikes your home or business.