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How to Stop Frozen Pipes at Your Lawrence County Home

12/16/2020 (Permalink)

Picture is a of an outside frozen water pipe showing the temperature as 0 degrees. Attics, basements, and garages are the hot spots (pun intended) for frozen pipes.

Did you know that frozen pipes are the most common cause of property damage in the Winter? With insurance losses ranging in the $5,000-$10,000’s--- SERVPRO of Lawrence County is here to give you some tips of the trade from our water restoration experts.

The pipes that are most likely to be affected by cold temperatures are in the unheated rooms of your home. There is no surprise there. Attics, basements, and garages are the hot spots (pun intended) for frozen pipes. But rest assured, there are some things you can do for preventative measure.

Insulation- Pipe insulation is not only affordable, but it is the easiest tactic to prevent those frigid temperatures from freezing out your pipes. Apply liberally to protect all the vulnerable pipes in your home. Especially in those problematic rooms (attics, basements, and garages, as mentioned above.)

Keep garage doors closed- Keeping warm air trapped in the unheated spaces, as much as possible, is key. This is especially important if there are exterior water supply runs running through the garage walls.

Open kitchen cabinets- This might give your wife the heebie jeebies, but if you need to allow the warm air from your home to circulate to help with frozen pipes, this is a neat little trick. It especially works well if your have an exterior wall kitchen sink.

Keep the water flowing- Even at a small, cool trickle running water helps prevent ice from even starting.

Keep the thermostat consistent- You might be tempted to turn down the heat, so it doesn’t run all day and night. But this is not the right time to watch the heating costs. Keeping your home at a consistent temperature is your best bet for keeping your pipes flowing properly in the winter.

If you are vacationing- Never turn off your thermostat in the winter. Consumer Reports suggests never leaving the temperature below 55 ° F.

Add the fluffy pink stuff-If you want to make some permanent changes this winter, add some extra insulation in the attic, basements, and crawl spaces. This will keep heat from escaping.

If your house unfortunately does have a pipe break, and your home encounters water damage, SERVPRO of Lawrence County is the company you want to have on speed dial. We are water restoration experts. SERVPRO has the experience, expertise, and equipment to restore your home properly. Our water removal and cleanup process also provides validation and documentation that your property is dry. If your New Castle home needs us on a whim…we will be there. We are open 24/7 to take your call today. Call us at 724.498.4747.

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