7 Tips to Avoid Burst Pipes

busted-pipesThe weather may be mild, but it’s Indiana, and that could mean a flux in temperature anytime to send us into another polar vortex. You need to be prepared just in case. Snow boots, ice scraper, salt for your driveway and sidewalk, bundle up the kiddos, take care of your pipes…

Pipes? Yes, the weird weather can wreak havoc on water pipes in your home. Though they are underground or encased into the skeleton of your house, cold temperatures still reach them. Water can freeze and as we all learned in elementary science class, when water freezes it expands. Expanding water in pipes can cause them to burst, causing damages that can get costly. SERVPRO has some tips for you. They know a thing or two about water damage. Here are seven tips to avoiding burst pipes:

  1. Wrap outside faucets
  2. Caulk around pipes where they enter the house
  3. Disconnect garden hoses
  4. Drain in-ground sprinkler systems
  5. Let a stream of water run from your faucets if the temperature dips below freezing
  6. Open the cupboard doors in kitchens and bathrooms to let heat reach pipes
  7. Shut off and drain your water systems if you are leaving home for several days

“We are a firm believer in the fact that the best work that we do is the work that we don’t do. If you can prevent damage from happening to your home it can save you lots of time and money. We want to help you avoid the stress a busted or frozen pipe might cause,” Greer Evans, Sales & Marketing Representative at SERVPRO of La Porte and Porter Counties said.

Following these simple tips can help you to avoid a bad situation. For more information and tips visit http://www.servproportercounty.com/water-damage-tips