Ah yes, sleigh bells are ringing, latkes are frying on the stove, and the Kinara can finally come out of the attic! It’s time to celebrate our seasonal holidays and we could not be happier! Not only is this the most joyous time of the year, but it’s also one of the wettest. Although major thunderstorms are rare in the winter, snow, ice, and frozen pipes can be just as detrimental to your Pikesville, MD home or business. You want to spend this holiday season relaxing, not stressing over water damage to your carpets or basement. Call in ServiceMaster by Libby Green to handle all that water damage restoration work for you!
One of the best ways to avoid flooding this winter season is to be extra cautious. Frozen pipes are by far one of the most common complaints we have during this season. But these disasters are actually easy to prevent! Below you’ll find some of our most helpful tips to ensure your pipes aren’t going to be causing trouble this winter season.
- Disconnect ALL Water Hoses
Leaving a water hose attached to your house may seem innocent enough. It’s an external hose; how could it possibly affect the inside of my home? Well, you’d be surprised! Because water expands when frozen, stagnant water in the hose and at the valve connection site can expand, causing your pipes to split. It’s much better to be safe than sorry, so disconnect your hose!
- Keep Your Home Warm
It’s tempting to set your thermostat on low if you’re leaving your home for an extended period of time, especially if you’re taking an out of town vacation or a long trip to a relative’s home for the holidays. But if you allow your home to become extremely cold (some sources say 68 degrees, others say 65), your pipes will begin to freeze, causing water expansion, pipe bursting, and serious floor and home damage.
- Open Those Cabinet Doors
Keeping your house warm won’t matter that much if you keep your sink doors closed! By shutting your cabinet doors, you prevent warm air from circulating around the pipes. Instead, cold air will just continually hug your pipes, creating a much bigger risk of your pipes freezing.
If you keep all these tried and true tips in mind, you should have no issue with pipe freezing this winter season. However, in the event that we are too late to help, or some other variable comes into play that does cause your Pikesville, MD pipes to burst, contact ServiceMaster by Libby Green for water damage restoration services! We offer high-quality inspection and assessment, water removal, anti-microbial application, and multiple drying services.