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Be Prepared - Protect Your Home and Business!

Monday, March 13th, 2017 by Lauren Wills


Be Prepared - Protect Your Home and Business!

Just when we thought it was time for spring, Mother Nature has other plans.  Freezing temperatures and snow puts home and building owners at risk for disaster if you are not prepared. Do everything you can to prevent burst pipes, ice dams and water damage. 

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Tips to Help Prevent Frozen Pipes

  • Set your thermostat to a consistent temperature day and night.Run water through the pipes occasionally during the day to help prevent freezing.
    • If you aren’t going to be on the property for a few days, ensure the temperature is set no lower than 55 degrees.
    • Open kitchen and bathroom cabinet doors so warmer air can circulate around pipes.
    • Allow kitchen and bath faucets to run slowly to avoid freezing.
  • Wrap uninsulated pipes with foam or self-adhesive insulating tape.
  • Keep doors open between heated and unheated rooms.
  • Make sure you know how to shut off all water valves in the event a frozen pipe bursts.

Tips To Prevent Winter Precipitation Issues (Such as Snowmelt)

  • Clear rain gutters, repair roof leaks and cut away tree branches that could fall on a house or other structure during a storm.
  • Keep gutters and downspouts free of debris and make sure water is releasing several feet away from the foundation.
  • If you have a sump pump, check to make sure it’s working properly.
  • Check for cracks or small holes in the foundation through which water can seep. Even a few inches of water from melted snow or freezing rain can cause interior water damage to carpet, drywall, wood floors and even your home or business’ structure. 


How to Spot Water Damage

  • Discoloration on ceilings or walls.
  • Paint peeling or bubbling.
  • Wet carpet may appear darker.

Important Warnings on Water Damage

  • Don’t go into rooms with standing water if the electricity is still on.
  • Don’t use an ordinary household vacuum to remove water.
  • Don’t use electrical appliances while on wet carpet or wet floors.
  • Don’t lift tacked down carpet without professional help. Lifting the carpet incorrectly can cause shrinkage.
  • Mold is a serious concern following water damage, as is bacterial growth – both can begin within 48-72 hours.
  • Dry or discard wet items within 48-72 hours to avoid microbial growth. Even after wet items are removed, mold may remain hidden in drywall, carpeting and HVAC systems. It’s important to contact a professional immediately to prevent further growth and health issues.

If your home or business is damaged because of winter weather, ServiceMaster Restoration by Wills is here to get you back to normal as quickly as possible. We are available 24/7/365. We are the company to call to help mitigating winter weather-related damage to your home or business.

 

 

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