Cold Weather is Coming-Are You Ready?
Is your home ready for winter?
Making sure your home is properly secure for winter is the best way to prevent water damage in the future. In the winter months, pipe breaks and leaks make your home more susceptible to water damage.
Here are some handy tips that we found on the American Red Cross website:
Keep garage doors closed if there are water supply lines in the garage.
Open kitchen and bathroom cabinet doors to allow warmer air to circulate around the plumbing. Be sure to move any harmful cleaners and household chemicals up out of the reach of children.
When the weather is very cold outside, let the cold water drip from the faucet served by exposed pipes. Running water through the pipe - even at a trickle - helps prevent pipes from freezing.
Keep the thermostat set to the same temperature both during the day and at night.
If you will be going away during cold weather, leave the heat on in your home, set to a temperature no lower than 55° F.
What do I do if a pipe bursts?
Should you need assistance at your home for water damage, SERVPRO is here to help! While you wait for us to arrive, here are some helpful guidelines to keep in mind:
Remove excess water by mopping and blotting.
Wipe excess water from wood furniture after removal of lamps and tabletop items.
Remove and prop wet upholstery and cushions.
Place aluminum foil or wood blocks between furniture legs and wet carpeting.
Turn air conditioning on for maximum drying in summer.
Remove colored rugs from wet carpeting.
Remove art objects to a safe, dry place.
Gather loose items from floors.