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Check Your Pipes Before Winter Comes

10/14/2021 (Permalink)

SERVPRO of Glen Burnie wants to help you prepare your property to prevent and avoid any water damage this coming winter. Here are some tips to keep water flowing in your pipes during the winter months.  

Know the location of the water shut off valve. 

This is the number one thing to know if you were to have a major incident with your home’s plumbing. Typically, shut off valves are found outside the home, about 4 feet away and sometimes beneath the landscape. Occasionally, the shut off valve will be beside the water meter. It is crucial to know where the shut off valve is in case you have a pipe burst and need to cut off the water supply and prevent further damage to your home.  

Turn off the spigots to avoid freezing.  

The average homeowner spends $10,000 for a pipe rupture. Having an emergency plumber fix the plumbing issues, and then, having SERVPRO of Glen Burnie dry your home and replace any damaged flooring, walls, etc., is a huge expense. Take some time to disconnect garden hoses and purchase a cover to protect these outdoor spigots.  

Look for pipes in uninsulated areas of your home.  

Pipes that run on the outside edge of your home are most susceptible to freezing. These pipes should be covered with towels or foam to protect them from the freezing temperatures.  

Preparation will be key to make it through the winter seasons with no issues with your home. Review these tips with everyone in your home to ensure that water safely flows throughout your property and be ready for this cold winter.  

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