Polar Vortex 2019 SERVPRO
As a polar vortex rolls across the United States in this week, there is a point when we have a lower temperature than Antarctica. Take a second to think about that.
Although temperatures in Arlington Heights and Chicago-land drop quickly, we will fair better than other areas.
Unfortunately for homeowners and business owners in our area, the drop will still wreak havoc with their pipes. Being overwhelmed on what to do is going to be the first thought. That is why you need a plan and a company.
Many homes and businesses will call about burst pipes, flooded basement and closed office due to sprinkler breaks and will be put on wait lists.
Although it does seem like some of these burst pipes will be inevitable, there are a few precautions that you can take to avoid a major loss when the temperatures drop.
Insulating your pipes is inexpensive compared to the cost of a water damage and is easy to do yourself. This is the first step when preparing your house for cold weather.
Insulate Everything Else
Make sure there is plenty of insulation in your attic and crawlspace. This will keep everything in your house warmer including your pipes.
When you know that there is going to be a big temperature drop, like the recent polar vortex, don't give water a chance to freeze by running it. The smallest stream from a faucet will keep the water moving and prevent freezing. This is especially important to do with faucets that are served by exposed pipes.
Keep Garage Door Closed
If there are pipes in your garage, you need to keep it as warm as possible. Do not leave it open and try to open it only when absolutely needed.
Remove, Drain, and Store Hoses
Water in hoses can freeze and start a chain reaction that will lead back into your house. Prevent this by removing all hoses from the house and draining them.
Open cabinets in the kitchen and bathroom to get some warmer air moving beneath your sinks.
Keep House Temperature Consistent
Most people drop the temperature in their house down at night. When temperatures are especially cold, it is best to keep the house at a higher consistent temperature. The price of heat is nothing compared to the price of a burst pipe.
Set Temperature When Out of Town
If you will be out of town during the winter, make sure to keep the temperature of your house above 55 degrees at the very least.
Following these simple steps can go a long way in preventing a major water damage. For the losses that cannot be prevented, remember to call us at SERVPRO of Arlington Heights/Prospect Heights at 847-637-3445!