Winter Is Coming – Don’t Forget To Check Your Pipes!
Sorry to beat a dead horse, but with winter creeping up on us, it starts to get concerning. Winter is filled with hazards that can be alarming to any homeowner. Flooding from melting snow, frozen and/or bursting pipes, even just snow storms, are all a worry to the average homeowner.
The most common way to find out if you have frozen pipes is by turning on the faucet and nothing happening. This can only mean one of two things, you didn’t pay the bill, or the pipes are frozen. Now, you must establish the damage that’s been caused. You can remove ceiling tiles to check out the area necessary. Ice can be melted a numerous amount of ways; turning the heat on, wrapping warm towels around pipes, even a heat gun (I don’t recommend this as it could set things around it on fire). Whatever you do, do NOT use a blow torch. Hitting a gas line with one of those would be the worst scenario.
If a pipe has been broken from freezing, you must shut the water off. Can you imagine all of the water that would be around if you didn’t? Valves to shut off the water are usually located outside of the home or near a meter in the home. You may have noticed smaller valves around your toilet. These ALL must be in good condition. If there is ever a time that the water needs to be shut off, you need to ensure that it should be able to. This is something you can check now before winter is upon us.
Not all frozen pipes will break and cause water damage in your home, but in any case that it does, you should contact Restoration Local. We will come equipped with all the tools necessary in restoring your home back to its natural environment. Our highly trained professionals are more than happy to come to your home at any hour of the day, 365 days a year to check things out for you. No job is too big or too small!