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FREEZE Warning-Tips for your Home

Freeze Warning Tips for Inside your HomeFrigid temperatures are coming to Michiana and with that can come some potential freeze damage inside your home. Frozen pipes, burst pipes, and water damage can be common problems when we hit the sub-freezing temperatures. Should you encounter any of these issues, contact us, your water damage experts. We will respond quickly and give you a free estimate.

To Help Prevent Pipes from Freezing:

  • With frigid temps, turn on hot and cold faucets near outside walls to a small trickle. This will keep water flowing and help prevent frozen pipes.
  • Open kitchen and bathroom cabinet doors to allow the warm air from the house to flow around the plumbing.
  • Disconnect ALL outdoor hoses and turn off water to exterior faucets and sprinkler systems.
  • Keep garage doors closed if there are water supply lines in the garage.
  • Keep heat at 55 degrees F or higher even if you go out of town.
  • Insulate pipes, especially those close to outside wall, attics or crawl spaces where the chance of freezing is greatest.
  • Seal air leaks surrounding or near pipes.
  • Identify the locations of shutoff valves so that you are prepared to stop the flow of water quickly if a pipe does burst.

If Pipes Freeze:

  • Open all faucets
  • Remove insulation and wrap pipes in rags
  • Keep an eye on pipes as the weather warms up. That is when you may detect a leak.

If you find a leak and can’t shut off the water source, call a plumber!

If Pipes Burst:

  • Call Chem-Dry of Michiana at 574-255-8221 or 574-293-0994
  • Shut off water immediately to prevent additional damage.
  • Take proper precautions to avoid electrical shock from being in or near any standing water.
  • Take an inventory of any damaged property or possessions.
  • Stay calm-help is on the way!

Tips to Prevent Frozen Pipes

Frozen Pipes PreventionMichiana is suppose to get some bitterly cold temperatures in the next week.  It is a little late to do much outside preventative work, but the one thing you should do outside is disconnect any water hose connected to spigots if you have not already done so. There are some inside preventative measures you can take to help keep your pipes from freezing!

  • Open kitchen and bathroom cabinet doors to allow the warmer air to circulate around the plumbing below the sinks! Make sure if you have small child or pets you remove any harmful cleaners stored under that sink!
  • If you have any water supply lines in the garage, keep your garage doors down.
  • If you have any pipes exposed to cold, moving air, insulate those pipes.
  • Let the water drip from your faucet if it is exposed to outside pipes. Even a trickle of water can help prevent pipes from freezing. This is not always a sure thing, but it can help.
  • Keep the temperature in the house the same during the day and night. It is colder at night, and if you lower the thermostat too low, you could have a pipe freeze.
  • If you go out of town, do NOT turn off the thermostat. Keep the heat on in your home and set the temperature no lower than 55 degrees.

Frozen pipes are no fun and can be quite costly to your home and belongings. If you have the unfortunate frozen pipe, call Chem-Dry of Michiana to help dry out your home and belongings. We will get you back to pre-loss condition – FAST!