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As you know, water expands when it freezes. Ice takes up 10% more space than it does in its liquid state. What does this mean for your home’s plumbing? Pipes are already full when water is in in its liquid state, so there’s nowhere for it to go when it freezes. Water pipes in external walls are especially susceptible. With weather already almost freezing, the professional water damage restoration team at American Restoration recommends taking the time to winterize your outdoor faucets for the cold. The first thing you’ll want to do is disconnect your garden hose. Untangle any knots, then drain the hose before hanging it up for the winter. This will ensure that your garden hose is protected from the elements and lasts longer. Once you’ve drained and stored your garden hose, the next step is to shut off your hose bibs. Shutting off the valve only cuts off future water supply, so you’ll want to drain the bib to make sure there’s no water left in the pipe leading to the spigot. Taking these precautionary steps to winterize your outdoor faucets can go a long way in preventing burst pipes and the associated costly repairs. The damage goes beyond just burst pipes. Mold can grow in damp and wet flooring, framing, and drywall in your home. It’s best to protect your home before disaster strikes! If you do experience burst pipes and flooding however, call American Restoration. Our licensed flood damage professionals have extensive experience in helping people put their homes back together after a flood. Copyright: patrickrp / 123RF Stock Photo