How $5 Can Save You Thousands!
Every winter we see it, a client calls because they have a frozen pipe that has burst, and their basement is full of water. The most vulnerable water pipe to freezing and bursting is the one that goes to the outside faucet of your home. Clients always ask, how can this be prevented? There are several things that we can recommend doing to prepare your home for the winter months, but the easiest and most overlooked are the most important.
First, make sure all your hoses are disconnected from your home. If water remains in your hose, and freezes and expands, it will work up into the faucet and waterline, and cause water damage in the home.
Second, if you have a zone shut off to your exterior water sources, turn them off. Most newer homes are plumbed with a shut off to the exterior water, usually within 10 feet from the outside water source, and is usually easily accessible when you have a broken pipe. A zone shut off is more convenient than shutting the water to the entire home.
Third, you can purchase a foam insulated faucet cover to install on the exterior water sources to your home. They are cheap, usually right around $5, and simple to install. The cover is an easy way to protect outdoor faucets from freezing temperatures. Just place the loop around the faucet handle, stretch the cord by pulling away from the house. Slide the cord lock until the cover is firmly against the house.
The foam cover protects outdoor faucets against freeze damage, provides peace of mind when the temperatures drop, and they installation is quick and easy
SERVPRO of Grand Rapids South and Northwest Grand Rapids is always available when you experience water damage, a flooded basement or ice damming. Winter is rough enough, having to worry about who to call when an emergency happens shouldn’t be.
Our local contact number is 616.662.9700, we are always local and available 24/7.