As we head into autumn the weather is getting cooler, leaves are changing colors, the wind is picking up, and nights are getting longer and chillier. This is a great time to be proactive and prepare your home for potential winter emergencies, like frozen and burst pipes. If you are dealing with a water damage restoration issue in Springfield, MO, call ServiceMaster DSI today.
Why Pipes Freeze
According to the Red Cross, pipes expand when they freeze. The water they carry gets larger inside the pipe and puts pressure on the outer casing. Pipes that are most likely to freeze are outdoors and exposed to cold weather, wind, and ice. Any pipes connected to attics, basements, hoses, or swimming pools are the ones most likely to burst. Exterior pipes rarely have any protective casing to preserve them against the cold.
Drain pools and water lines ahead of time. Water supplies that are meant for the summertime won’t be useful in the winter. Eliminating the excess water will be helpful in preventing burst pipes. Insulate interior and exterior pipes to protect them against rain and snow. Keep the heat on in your home when it is below freezing outdoors to protect indoor pipes.
How to Deal with a Disaster
No matter the amount of effort you put into protecting pipes, you may find yourself still dealing with a flood in your basement. The best thing you can do is act immediately to find the source of the water. Once you identify the source, turn off the supply valve. Call a professional disaster restoration service to come to your home and get rid of the excess water. From there, you can restore the flooring in the area and move on.
If you are dealing with a water damage restoration issue in Springfield, MO, call ServiceMaster DSI immediately!