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Preventing Frozen Pipes in the Dearborn Area

1/2/2019 (Permalink)

Pipe insulation is an inexpensive way to help protect pipes in the winter. Source: Insurance Institute for Business & Home Safety

So far the winter of 2018-19 has been very kind to Dearborn and Dearborn Heights, but Metro Detroiters know the mild winter won’t last. SERVPRO of Dearborn/Dearborn Heights SE offers some tips to help you escape the winter misery of broken pipes. With a bit of planning and effort, broken pipes can be avoided.

Inside the house:

  1. Always keep the temperature above 65 degrees Fahrenheit.
  2. Keep your fireplace flue closed when you are not using it. Be sure to open it before use.
  3. Open the cabinets a bit to let warm air flow under sinks ad around pipes.
  4. Leave the hot and cold faucets dripping a tiny bit to keep the water flowing.
  5. Consider installing inexpensive pipe insulation readily available at most hardware stores.

Outside the house:

  1. Be sure to disconnect all hoses from spigots. Ideally, shut off the valves to these spigots.
  2. Keep an eye out for snow and ice damage near the roof line, gutters and downspouts.
  3. If you are out of the house for a few days, ask a trusted neighbor to check on your place. A flooded house can begin to grow mold in a few hours.
  4. Finally, make sure everyone in your home knows how to shut off the main water valve in case of an emergency.

In the winter months it is important inspect your home’s gutters and downspouts for ice dams. Ice dams forms when heated air from inside the home melts snow on the roof. The melted snow then runs down the roof until it is trapped behind ice at the gutters. Since the trapped water cannot run through the gutter as intended, it backs up under the shingles. This water can cause structural damage and promote mold growth.

About SERVPRO of Dearborn/Dearborn Heights SE
SERVPRO® of Dearborn/Dearborn Heights SE provides 24-hour disaster mitigation service. We specialize in the restoration of homes and businesses suffering losses from water, flood, wind, storm, fire and smoke damage. Our locally owned and operated 24/7 response team is just a phone call away. 313-359-3457

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