With winter just around the corner in the Genoa, IL, the weather outside is gradually becoming frightful! Along with dropping temperatures, we’re bracing for other winter effects like snow, hail, and below-zero wind chill.
While you might have already started to prepare for winter, perhaps by digging up warm sweaters and ice scrapers from the basement, it’s important to make sure your home is equally prepared—especially your pipes!
Rather than risking a burst pipe, take the time to prepare by following just a few simple steps before this winter arrives:
Run Faucets: If those temperatures drop especially low this wintertime, it’s valuable to keep one or two faucets running in your home until it warms up a bit. Keeping water moving through the system will help to prevent freezing!
Keep Warm: Pipes are more likely to freeze when they’re located by a window or wall that is adjacent to the great outdoors. Make sure that, throughout the wintertime, you keep the heat moving near these pipes. Occasionally apply direct heat to these areas.
Disconnect Hoses: If left connected during a freeze, outdoor hoses won’t be able to drain water properly. Instead, they’ll freeze and break. It’s a lot easier to just make sure the hose is stored safely indoors throughout the winter!
Contact Professionals: If you live in an older home or if you’re uncertain about the quality of your pipes, take the time to contact a professional. That way, you can get specific, professional advice and an understanding of how to avoid a burst pipe this winter!
At ServiceMaster Restoration and Cleaning Services by Skip, we know how to properly care for the pipes around your Genoa, IL, home. Although we also know how to tend to water damage after a pipe burst, it’s better to prepare ahead and keep your home safe. Give us a call today at (815) 754-5500.