There are several ways in which snow can lead to water damage and most of them involve snow or, more specifically, melted snow entering the home. But there is one way in which snow and the freezing temperatures snow brings with it can lead to problems INSIDE your home: Burst Pipes.
According to the Insurance Information Network of California (IINC), burst pipes rank just behind hurricanes for total number of insurance claims and total number of homes damaged each year.
Burst Pipes and Water Damage
Burst pipes in your home can be a real nightmare. And while you can’t prevent all types of burst pipes, there are, fortunately, several ways to help prevent your pipes from freezing.
When the temperature drops below freezing, exposed water pipes are at risk, especially when they are located in unconditioned areas of your home, such as crawl spaces, attics, and unfinished basements. These pipes can freeze, and, as you probably already know, when water freezes it expands. Before you know it, your pipes burst and your basement is under six inches of water.
Preventing Freezing Pipes
- Know how to shut off your water supply in case of a burst pipe.
- Keep your thermostat at a constant temperature both day and night.
- Seal air leaks around windows and doors, as well as around your foundation. These air leaks can be the tipping point between your pipes freezing or lasting through the winter.
- Insulate unconditional spaces: attics, crawl spaces, and unfinished basements. Furthermore, insulate the pipes in these areas.
- When the temperature drops below freezing, let your faucets drip a little to keep water moving.
- And don’t forget your outdoor faucets. Turn off their water supply and drain hoses to prevent them from freezing.
- Winterize any sprinkler system.
Tip: If you are away from your home for several days, have a family member or friend check on your home from time to time. A small leak in a pipe can expel 22 gallons of water a day. Now just imagine the damage burst pipes can do.
Emergency Water Damage Restoration from ServiceMaster of Baltimore
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Hopefully you have found our blog, “Burst Pipes: One Way Snow and Freezing Temperatures Lead to Water Damage,” informative and helpful. Continue to check back weekly for more helpful tips.