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Preventing Frozen Pipes In Your Home

baltimore water damage restoration With the excitement of the winter holidays, it can be hard to remember all the steps necessary to prepare your home for the colder season. Preventative measures taken to protect your home’s plumbing during the winter are crucial, as a frozen pipe can burst and cause your home to flood. ServiceMaster of Baltimore wants to remind you why it’s important to look out for frozen pipes in your home and what steps you can take to prevent it.

Preventative Steps

The best way to avoid frozen pipes in your home during the winter months is to get ahead of it by trying to prevent it from happening in the first place. Not only do frozen pipes lead to a potential flooding issue, they mean that water isn’t flowing inside of them. Here are some ways you can protect your home from a catastrophe when the temperatures drop.

  • Make sure your pipes are insulted. Even though your home may be warm, that doesn’t necessarily mean your pipes are warm, as they may be located in unheated areas of your home. This includes spaces like attics, basements, and garages. Insulation can be added to the walls that surround the pipes, or the pipes themselves can be fitted with rubber or fiberglass sleeves.
  • Keep water moving throughout your pipes. If you know you’re at risk for freezing pipes in your home, don’t turn your faucets off all the way. Creating a slow drip will allow water to continue flowing throughout the pipes, even if it’s a small amount.
  • Keep the heat on. One of the worst things you can do for your house during the winter is letting the heat drop too low. If you’re going to be leaving your home vacant, don’t turn the heat off. It’s a good idea to keep it above 55 degrees. However, it’s best to keep it as warm as you can. If the outdoor temperatures drop too low, it leaves your pipes vulnerable for freezing, so the warmer your home is, the better.
  • Know where your shut-off valve is. If you do encounter a flood from a burst pipe, be sure you know how to quickly shut off your water to mediate the water damage. It’s important to act quickly when this occurs to prevent further water damage to your home.  

Recovering From Water Damage

If you do experience water damage from frozen pipes in your home, the first thing you’ll need to do is shut off your water supply. It’s also a good idea to take pictures for your insurance company.

The next step is to call the professionals. As your local water damage restoration company, ServiceMaster of Baltimore is ready to help! You can’t predict when an emergency will occur, so our certified technicians are available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year. Get your life back to normal fast, and call us today at 410-780-1700.

 

This entry was posted on Tuesday, January 4th, 2022 at 12:51 pm. Both comments and pings are currently closed.