With very cold temperatures in the forecast for Michigan, unexpected disasters in and around your home or business can occur if you are not prepared. Frozen pipe bursts or ice damming to your roof can both lead to extensive water damage. You can minimize the headaches and expense by taking these basic precautions:
Fit any exposed pipes with insulation sleeves and/or UL listed heat tape.
Two inches of insulation is optimal in regions prone to freezing weather.
Seal any cracks and holes on outside walls and foundations near water pipes with caulking.
Keep cabinet doors open during cold spells to allow warm air to circulate around pipes (particularly in the kitchen and bathroom).
Keep slow trickles of water flowing through faucets connected to pipes that run through unheated or unprotected spaces
Drain the water from sprinkler systems and pool/spa supply lines, especially if your house will be unattended during the winter.
Remove and drain garden hoses. If the supply line to the hose bib has a shut off valve, shut off the supply to the hose bib and drain the supply line.
Remove accumulated snow around your roof valleys and gutters (Eaves).
If you do experience water damage to your home or business, remember that the professionals of SunGlo Disaster Restoration Specialists are here to help with your clean-up and restoration. Toll free at 800-574-2000 or www.sungloservices.com.