Forecasters are predicting a harsh 2014 winter with above-average snowfall and below-average temperatures. We’re experts at cleaning and restoring property after disasters. But we’re human, and seeing so many good people going through tough times takes its toll. That’s why we want to help as many people avoid property disaster as we can.
We’ve said it before: Unfortunately, there will always be plenty of work for us. We hope these winterization tips for your property and safety tips for your family and employees keep you from needing our services. We also want to make sure that personal safety isn’t overlooked in the process.
Quick Tips to Winterproof Your Property
- Drain pool pumps, jacuzzi lines, water hoses and other external water lines.
- Insulate exterior water faucets.
- Check crawl spaces for uninsulated pipes, especially near external walls.
- Look for holes in external walls where phone lines, cable lines and other services enter building. These holes can let cold air into the walls, resulting in frozen pipes. Plug holes with caulk or other commercially available materials for this purpose.
- Ensure proper operation of basement sump pumps.
“While you’re protecting the structures, don’t forget to provide for the safety of the people who live and work there.”
- Close external doors to garages and other unheated areas.
- When forecasts call for extreme low temperatures, ensure that all internal faucets are left dripping overnight. Pipes break when ice blocks them and expands toward faucets, pushing water toward the closed valve. Keeping the valves open allows the water (and pressure) to escape in the event of a frozen pipe.
While you’re protecting the structures, don’t forget to provide for the safety of the people who live and work there.