Summer is officially over and here in Denver we are all getting ready to usher in the cold weather season. Brothers Restoration wanted to take the time to remind you of a few precautions to take in order to avoid water and flood Damage from freezing pipes.
- Insulate pipes in your home’s basement, crawl spaces and attic. The most common place that we see pipe freezes that result in flood Damage is the areas of our home that are not commonly occupied. Insulating pipes from the cool temperature is probably the most important step to avoid property damage. Heat tape or thermostatically controlled heat cables can be used to wrap pipes.
- Seal leaks that allow cold air inside near where pipes are located. Temperature control is key and even insulated pipes can suffer freeze issues in a cold environment. Controlling the environment can be key in reducing your chance of needing Water restoration services.
- Disconnect garden hoses and, if possible use an indoor valve to shut off and drain water from pipes leading to outside faucets. Another primary source of flooding is in pipes that connect to the outside faucets and they are not as frequently used during the winter months.
- Regularly monitor your home spaces that have pipes running through them. Check for a Wet Basement and open cabinet drawers and cupboards regularly to inspect for signs of water damage.
- On the coldest days it is always good practice to allow a faucet to trickle, water movement reduces the chances for your pipes to freeze. This will help to make sure your water flows when you need it and also that your pipes do not sustain any damage from frozen water expansion.
Even taking strict precautions the elements will sometimes win, contact Brothers Restoration for any of your Water Removal and extraction services. We have the most advanced equipment and professional restoration service technicians ready to respond to your disaster repair 24/7.