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Prevent Winter Water Damage to Your Pepper Pike Home

1/17/2022 (Permalink)

Icicles on a pipe The biggest issue, and one of the most common causes of damage during winter, is frozen pipes.

Winter can be a beautiful time of year, with snow blanketing the land. Along with beauty, winter months can bring freezing temperatures, snowstorms, and ice storms. Keep your Pepper Pike home or business safe and dry during the colder months by being aware of the ways water damage can occur and taking the proper measures to prevent damage.

Frozen Pipes

The biggest issue, and one of the most common causes of damage during winter, is frozen pipes. Freezing temperatures cause the water in pipes to freeze, causing H20 particles to expand. When these molecules expand too much, the pipe will crack or even burst, causing water damage the property. This damage can be minor or major, depending on whether the water in the building has been turned off or not. Keep in mind that the more you are in your home, the more water is being used, which adds more pressure on the pipes. Damage can range from a slow drip to major flooding. Here are some ways to prevent or limit damage due to frozen pipes:

Insulate pipes. The best way to prevent pipes from freezing is to ensure your pipes are properly insulated. Exposed pipes are the most susceptible to freezing.

Seal leaks. Make sure any leaks that allow cold air inside are sealed, using caulk or insulation.

Secure outdoor hoses, valves, and faucets.

Let warm water drip overnight when temperatures are cold, preferably from a faucet on an outside wall to help prevent freezing.

Adjust thermostat accordingly. It is recommended that you keep your thermostat set at the same temperature during both day and night, and during extreme cold to reduce the strain on the furnace.

Open cabinet doors to allow heat to get to un-insulated pipes under sinks and appliances near exterior walls.

If you notice signs of frozen pipes, the best thing to do is to act quickly. SERVPRO of South Euclid Pepper / Lyndhurst / Pepper Pike is dedicated to responding immediately when you contact us. A fast response lessens the damage, limits further damage, and reduces costs. Give us a call today if you suspect water or flood damage at 216-932-4498 or visit our Website!

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