There is a Winter Weather Advisory this week for extreme cold temperatures. This is usually when water pipes become frozen and burst causing lots of water damage to homes and businesses across New England. Here are a few tips to avoid frozen pipes. But if you encounter a frozen pipe or water damage on your property call RestorePro immediately at 781-664-9800 in Massachusetts or 603-253-2068 in New Hampshire. We are available 24 hours a day!
The first thing we always tell people is remember to turn off the water on the inside of your home to outside spigots. Forgetting this is a common mistake which often leads to serious water damage.
- Turn them off from the inside shutoff valve
- Open the outside spigot briefly to allow remaining water to drain and then close
Being prepared and informed may help you to avoid the messy and often expensive issue of frozen pipes. Before the onset of cold weather, prevent freezing of water supply lines and pipes by following these recommendations:
- Keep garage doors closed if there are water supply lines in the garage.
- Open kitchen and bathroom cabinet doors to allow warmer air to circulate around the plumbing. Be sure to move any harmful cleaners and household chemicals up out of the reach of children.
- When the weather is very cold outside, let the cold water drip from the faucet served by exposed pipes. Running water through the pipe – even at a trickle – helps prevent pipes from freezing.
- Keep the thermostat set to the same temperature both during the day and at night. By temporarily suspending the use of lower nighttime temperatures, you may incur a higher heating bill, but you can prevent a much more costly repair job if pipes freeze and burst.
- If you will be going away during cold weather, leave the heat on in your home, set to a temperature no lower than 55° F.
- Ask a friend or family member to check on your home while you are gone. They just might save you from a big loss.
If you have questions or need help call RestorePro at 1-800-847-0114.
We are available 24 HOURS A DAY – 7 DAYS A WEEK