Winter may be coming to an end, but no one seems to have told Mother Nature. We recently experienced yet another snowstorm. Be on the lookout for ice dams and potential warning signs of water damage. But remember, the threat of water damage exists long after the last snowflake has fallen. In last week’s blog, “The Freeze-Thaw Cycle and Water Damage,” the Baltimore water damage specialists at ServiceMaster of Baltimore explained how fluctuating temperatures can wreak havoc on your home. This week, we are going to focus our attention on another potential problem area: Frozen Pipes.
In unheated basements and crawlspaces, frozen pipes present a very real water damage threat. Frozen pipes can burst, causing flooding, structural damage, mold growth, and other water damage. Fortunately, the Baltimore water damage specialists at ServiceMaster of Baltimore are here to help with a few tips.
Preventing Frozen Pipes. Tips from your Baltimore Water Damage Specialist
- Insulate walls and attics to help your home maintain an even temperature.
- Use caulk and weather-stripping to prevent drafts around doors and windows.
- Insulate exposed pipes in your attic, basement, and crawlspace.
- 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.
- Keep your thermostat at a constant temperature both day and night.
Outdoor faucets, sprinkler lines, swimming pool lines, and water supply lines in areas like the basement, crawl spaces, attics, and garages are the most frequent pipes to freeze.
If your pipes do freeze and burst, it is important to act fast. Shut off the main water supply and call Service Master of Baltimore, your Baltimore water damage specialist. We are available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year to help you in your hour of need.
Hopefully you have found our blog, “Preventing Frozen Pipes. Tips from your Baltimore Water Damage Specialist,” informative and helpful. Continue to check back weekly for more helpful home improvement tips.