SERVPRO Winterizing Tips
Is your home ready for 6 more weeks of winter?
The Plumas County region is no stranger to extremely low temperatures during this time of year. When it comes to below freezing temperatures, you can expect there to be multiple pipes freezing and often bursting, causing water damages throughout the homes and businesses in the area.
The one company you can trust to handle an water damage related issues is SERVPRO of Chico/Lake Almanor but the last thing you want is to have to deal with a water damage.
SERVPRO of Chico/Lake Almanor has developed some tips you can take in advance to protect your home, save money, and prevent water damage.
1) Winterize your A/C and Water Lines.
Simply drain the water in any hoses and air conditioner pipes to prevent the cold weather from freezing it and causing the pipe to burst. Also, make sure you do not have additional water collected inside of the equipment. This could damage the equipment and could also start a water damage. Make sure to also turn off exterior water spigots and properly store away any window A/C units to prevent cold drafts from entering.
Step 2) Turn down your water heater.
Typically a water heater is set to 140 degrees Fahrenheit, but most households don’t need that much steam. By lowing the temperature to 120 degrees Fahrenheit you are not only reducing water heating cost but also preventing excess pressure on the pipes.
Step 3) Using Caulking and Weatherstripping.
This can be especially helpful when protecting your windows and doors from weather related water damage which can then lead to mold. Keep close attention to corners and where pipes or wires exit to prevent damage.
Step 4) Insulate your pipes.
This can help prevent pipes from bursting and can also be a money saver for paying less for hot water. You can find the needed insulation at most hardware stores in the area. Ideally, you want to choose the insulation with the highest heat-blocking power.
Step 5) Seal your ducts.
Get your duct work inspected to ensure that there is no issue and water is not creeping in. This can definitely go undetected for a long time and then you’ll have both water damage and mold on your hands!
In the event that your house does suffer from a water damage during the winter months, know that SERVPRO of Chico/Lake Almanor is only a phone call away!
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