We understand that cold weather means potential damage to your home. Our goal is to help educate homeowners on the importance of avoiding the high costs that come with flood restoration services due to the cold weather we experience during the Winter months. A small amount of ice in any type of water pipe can expand and cause the pipe to break. American Restoration advises taking a little time and making a little investment to avoid flooding caused by frozen pipes. Here are a few steps you can take to keep your home safe and flood free this Winter.

Add Insulation

Pipe insulation is an inexpensive solution to a potentially expensive problem. We suggest that homeowners focus on adding insulation in areas that are more exposed to extreme temperatures during the Winter like attics, basements, and crawlspaces.

Drain Outdoor Water Fixtures

Outdoor fixtures, such as sprinkler systems, faucets, and swimming pools, need to be drained before cold weather arrives. Disconnecting hoses and blowing out outdoor pipes can prevent sitting water that may result in leaks.

Protect Interior Pipes

Although it may seem counterproductive, we recommend keeping a slow drip running in all interior water fixtures. Also, it is helpful to leave doors open on cabinets. These two simple steps will help to keep interior faucets at a consistent temperature.

Keep Indoor Temperatures Steady

We recommend that homeowners keep garage doors closed, keep thermostats at a constant temperature, and seal any cracks or holes in the home’s exterior that can let cold air enter. This will help you avoid any drops in temperature in your home and surrounding areas.

By taking these few preventative measures, you can avoid disasters such as flooding this Winter. Always remember that the experts at American Restoration are standing by to help when disaster strikes!