How to prevent frozen pipes!
When you think of winter weather you probably think of school closings, slippery roads and a driveway to shovel. Winter weather can cause a lot more issues then those listed above. If we have below freezing temperatures for 3 days in a row you are at risk for frozen pipes, which can create a major disaster at your home or office.
Typically, frozen pipes are the ones exposed to the cold weather such as basements, attics, garages, and kitchen cabinets. A frozen pipe will usually rupture because of the backflow pressure between the blockage and the water source; this can cause catastrophic damage to your home and office if not addressed quickly.
According to the American Red Cross there several steps you can take to prevent your pipes from freezing:
- Keep your heat set both day and night
- Be sure to completely drain the water from sprinkler lines as well as outside hoses
- Open your kitchen cabinets to let the warm air to circulate near the pipes
- When weather is extremely cold, let water drip from your exposed faucets
If you experience water damage from frozen pipes, call SERVPRO of Southwest Portland 503-777-9739 and let us make it "Like it never even happened."