Polar Vortex is here! Save your water pipes!
With the temperatures dropping extremely low this week, it is most important that you take care of the pipes within your household to avoid bursting pipes. Freezing temperatures create a lot of pressure inside the pipe and could cause serious flooding within your household, especially if no one is home at the time to shut the water off. Tip #1 is to keep your heat on whether you are home or not. Just leaving the heat set above 55 degrees will help keep your pipes warm and prevent the water from freezing. Tip # 2- allow your sink faucet to drip while you aren’t home or away for a longer period. It will relieve some of the pressure that is held within the pipes. Tip #3- Keep all doors, including cabinet doors in your home open. Make sure the heat can flow equally throughout your household to avoid bursting pipes. Tip # 4- Make sure to seal up any cracks or holes that would expose any pipes that run through your walls or floors, especially ones that are letting cold air inside your home. Tip # 5 -Apply heating tape to your pipes. It acts like a heating blanket for your pipes. It supplies heat directly to your pipes to keep it warm. Make sure to tape the pipes that are at high risk for freezing. Tip # 6- Add extra insulation. Basements and/or attics are normally not properly insulated for the cold weather. Make sure to add extra insulation where pipes are exposed or even a foam rubber or fiberglass sleeve to decrease the chances for your pipes to freeze. Here at SERVPRO of North East Chester County, we know it is not always easy to catch potential dangers in time, as weather can change at any given moment. That is why we are available 24/7 to help with any water damage that has disrupted your home from burst pipes. We are fully staffed with highly trained technicians that are always prepared to work efficiently and effectively to make sure your loss is taken care of “Like it never even happened.”