Fall is upon us and winter is fast approaching. Here are some quick tips from the experts at Triage Restoration on how to prevent a water damage cleanup emergency by properly preparing your pipes for winter.
Pipes in crawl spaces, attics, exterior walls, and garages are the most vulnerable to freezing. It is important to take precautions and ensure that all these pipes are properly insulated. Foam insulation is the simplest solution for the exposed areas of many pipes. If you have problem areas that have frozen in the past, it is recommended that you wrap the pipes with electrical heating tape and fully insulate them.
2. Running water
For pipes that are still uninsulated during a cold spell, you may need to let water running through them. Running water is a lot slower to freeze than standing water. You don’t need to let much run.
Even hot water pipes need to be monitored closely for signed of freezing and let run during cold spells as they are not immune to freezing.
For sink against outside walls, letting the cabinet doors open will allow warm air to circulate under the counter and help prevent the plumbing from freezing.
Keep gutters cleaned out and in good repair so they can carry melting ice and snow away from your home. Blockages can cause a buildup of ice on the walls of your home which can lead to structural damage and even damage the plumbing inside the outer wall of your home.
5. Exterior faucets and hoses
Disconnect and drain all exterior faucets and hoses as these are at great risk of freezing and breaking. Be extra careful that this plumbing is completely drained as even a small amount of water left behind to freeze can do quite a bit of damage.
Triage Restoration: The Best in Philadelphia Water Damage Cleanup and Remediation
In the event of a water damage emergency, you want only the best. Ensure your water damage needs are met by calling Triage Restoration. Our services include:
- IICRC S500 Standard
- Emergency Water Extraction
- Flood Cleanup
- Sewage Cleanup
- Drying and Dehumidification
- Professional Deodorization
- Anti-Microbial Application
Triage technicians are here to talk you through every step of the water damage remediation and restoration process.
Call us at 215-399-9590 or reach us online via our website today!