The holidays are over and now we all anxiously await Spring. In the mean time, the weather is growing colder – leaving your home vulnerable to winter’s bite.
Frozen pipes cause a ton of problems. Fortunately, you can avoid them with just a few simple steps. Have your pipes already frozen and burst? We can help you get through it!
Here’s the 4 steps you can take to avoid frozen, bursting pipes:
#1 A Trickle
This could be your single solution to prevent frozen pipes in your home. Keep your faucets at a trickle during the coldest times of the day. We recommend a warm trickle overnight – especially from a faucet from an outside wall.
#2 Consistency is Key
Don’t touch that thermostat!
It may be tempting to adjust your thermostat before hitting the hay but we strongly recommend you don’t! Keeping your thermostat at the same temperature both day and night can keep your pipes from freezing when the temperature drops overnight.
#3 Keep the Doors Open
The cabinet doors, of course!
Keeping your cabinet doors open overnight can help heat reach uninsulated pipes beneath sinks & appliances. (This is super important for pipes & appliances near exterior walls)
#4 Traveling Out of Town?
Everything you need to know can be found in our blog: 6 Things to Do Before You Go on Winter Vacation.
Did this blog come a little too late?
If Your Pipes Do Freeze
#1 No Water? No Problem.
If no water comes out when you turn on the faucet, leave the faucet turned on and call a plumber.
#2 Fire in the Hole!
NEVER try to thaw out a pipe with any type of open flame. Trust us, water damage is better than burning down your home.
If you find that an appliance is in standing water, avoid using the appliance. You could be electrocuted!
#4 Burst Pipe
Let’s say your pipes burst before they had a chance to thaw out.
Here’s what to do:
- Immediately switch off the main water valve in your home.
- Leave faucets on.
- Call Scene Clean.
Ready for expert care? When it comes to finding water damage services near Frederick, MD or Walkersville MD, Scene Clean has your back. We serve a wide variety of locations including Frederick county, Montgomery county, the WV Eastern Panhandle, & more! We can provide nearly all of your home service needs with our handyman repairs, emergency services, and more. From fixing frozen pipes or water damage cleanup after a burst pipe, we’re on available 24/7 for you!
So when this winter hits, keep us in mind for our water mitigation & restoration services.