Winter is coming. It might seem like a far way off, but those cold snowy days will be here before you know it, and, according to The Old Farmer’s Almanac, “winter will be colder and snowier than normal” here in Baltimore, Maryland. Are you prepared?
Winter Water Damage Prevention
Summer is quickly coming to an end and the temperature has already noticeably dropped. Soon, the leaves will begin to change color and fall from the tree, marking the unofficial changing of the seasons. This also unofficially marks the time when homeowners in Baltimore should begin preparing their homes for winter.
Preventing Frozen Pipes
Pipes can burst for several reasons, but the most common, at least in the Baltimore area, tends to be freezing. In unheated basements and crawlspaces, frozen pipes present a very real water damage threat. When the temperature drops, the water in your pipes may begin to freeze. And anyone who has taken elementary school science knows that water expands as it freezes. The resulting pressure may be too much for your pipes to handle, leading to cracking and water damage. Fortunately, there are several steps you can take to prevent this from happening.
- Keep your thermostat at a constant temperature both day and night. Some homeowners may be tempted to turn the heat down at night to save a few dollars on their energy bills. However, this greatly increases the risk of frozen pipes.
- Insulate unheated basements and crawlspaces to better maintain an even temperature.
- Insulate exposed pipes in your attic, basement, and crawlspace.
- Use caulk and weather-stripping to prevent drafts around doors and windows and better regulate indoor temperature.
- Allow your faucets to drip a little during cold weather, especially when the temperature drops below 20 degrees. This will help keep the pressure in your pipes from building up.
- Turn off outside water supplies and disconnect outside hose connections.
- Winterize any sprinkler system.
Additional Tip: If you are away for any extended period of time during the winter, have a friend, family member, or neighbor check on your home from time to time.
Dealing with Burst Pipes
When your pipes burst, the resulting water damage can add up to thousands of dollars. So it’s important to contact an experienced water damage restoration company as soon as possible to minimize the impact. Here at Service Master of Baltimore, we are available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year.
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As an IICRC Certified company, our technicians are trained to identify moisture sources, evaluate mold growth, contain damage, remove contamination, and dry structural materials in an effort to reduce your loss and preserve your property.
Hopefully you have found our blog, “Preventing Frozen Pipes and Water Damage in Baltimore,” informative and helpful. Continue to check back weekly for more helpful tips.