Fall Tips to Prevent Burst Pipes & Water Damage
Autumn officially arrives in 2 days – which means the burst pipes of winter are just around the corner! Now is the best time to take a few preventative steps to ensure that everything is in order to minimize the risk of a winter pipe burst.
At Aaron’s Restoration we have seen the destruction that water damage has caused in hundreds of homes in Wayne County, Macomb County & Oakland County. We are water damage repair specialists, and the following article shares our important “tips” for minimizing the risk of a broken or burst pipe flooding your home this winter.
By putting in place these simple preventive strategies now, you can greatly reduce the risk of flooding or water damage to your home in the future.
Steps to Prevent Water Damage from Burst Pipes
- Do a quick outside “checkup” to make sure that all outside taps and pipes (including any drain pipes or overflow pipes) are well insulated. Make especially certain that no joints or bends are exposed.
- Check any unheated areas of your home, such as attics, lofts, basements, crawl spaces & garages to make sure all pipes are insulated with high quality pipe lagging. Checking this annually is essential, as the elements – and even crafty rodents – can eat away at your insulation over time.
- Make sure to check for an repair any dripping taps or small leaks before the cold weather arrives, because leaks can also lead to broken pipes pipes. Inspect your walls for the first signs of a leak. If a pipe leaks in the ceiling, walls or floor it can often take some time before you notice it. Look for any signs of moisture, paint discoloration, or bulging, bubbling or cracking in paint or drywall.
- If you will be away from a home, summer home or cabin during the winter, make sure to keep your thermostat set to at least 53 degrees Fahrenheit during cold spells. It is also a good idea to have your furnace or heating system serviced regularly – to prevent unexpected temperature drops that can lead to frozen and burst pipes.
- Finally, make sure that all family members (and babysitters!) know where your main water “stopcock” valve is – and how to use it to turn off the entire flow of water into your home. Rapidly turning off water at the stopcock can prevent the flow of hundreds of gallons of water into your home from a burst pipe.
If you are unsure how to take any of these steps yourself, consider hiring a plumber to inspect your pipes and advise you on what steps need to be taken to prevent the risk of burst, frozen or broken pipes. Keep in mind that the cost of a flood from a broken pipe can be thousands of dollars – so a little preventative maintenance can save you in the long run.
We Offer 24/7 Emergency Burst Pipe Water Damage Repair
Serving the Troy area, including: Wayne, Macomb & Oakland County
As Troy Michigan’s water damage specialists, we know that time is of the essence in responding to water damage from a leak, a burst pipe, or other flooding. We offer 24 / emergency water damage response and will get to your home immediately to prevent further damage – and swiftly repair and restore any damage that may have already occurred.
Call us at 888.442.2766 to discuss your water removal & water damage repair needs.