Stepping into 2021 we are again greeted with frigid weather this winter. The average low temperature in the Cary, IL area is 12 degrees Fahrenheit.
Moving further up north into the Hartford, WI area, and we see an average low of 8 degrees Fahrenheit!
This can only mean it is time to prepare for the possibility of pipes freezing in your home. The last thing you want on your hands this winter is a frozen pipe burst.
ServiceMaster Kwik Restore wants to best prepare residents from Elgin and Cary, IL to Milwaukee and Kenosha, WI for frozen pipe burst prevention.
Here are some tips for avoiding frozen pipes in 2021 this winter.
How to Prevent Frozen Pipes
Provide more insulation
More layers of insulation can be added around the pipes or in the areas there are housed.
This can mean adding more insulation to your garage, crawl spaces, or basement.
Turn water off during extremely cold weather
Expecting harsh temperatures? It can be a good idea to turn the water off from certain appliances like dishwashers and washing machines, and disconnect their hoses as well.
Also, if you plan on being away from the house for an extended period of time, consider shutting off the main water valve for your property as well.
Activate water slowly
If it’s very cold out and you do want to run water, it’s always best to do it slowly. This will help avoid a frozen pipe burst from adding too much pressure to the system.
It’s also a good idea to run water from time to time to keep things moving in the system. If water is left to sit still too long in the pipes, it is more likely to freeze in place.
Keep your cabinets and cupboards open
The cabinets that contain the pipes under your bathroom or kitchen sinks should remain wide open during bouts of cold weather.
This will allow air to circulate around the pipe housing and introduce more heat, if only slightly.
Who to Call During a Frozen Pipe Burst in the Cary, IL or Hartford, WI Area
When a frozen pipe burst, a torrent of water will quickly cause a flood on the property. It can be a hectic scenario but it’s important to remain calm and contact a flood cleanup service right away.
The longer the water is left to sit after a frozen pipe burst, the more extensive water damage issues you will face down the line.
ServiceMaster Kwik Restore provides water extraction and flood cleanup services in Cary, IL, Elgin, IL, as well as in the Hartford, WI area. Our water restoration crews are available 24/7 to respond to frozen pipe burst emergencies.
Call us at 888 SM-KWIK1 for a fast response to your water damage emergency.