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5 Tips to Winterizing Your Home

Our water damage restoration team offers tips to help prevent burst pipes in winter.

Our water damage restoration team offers tips to help prevent burst pipes in winter.

Coming home to pipes that have burst and a basement of bobbing sofas—especially right before Christmas—is probably a homeowner’s worst nightmare. Fortunately, even in Fort McMurray’s extreme winters, our water damage restoration pros have some great tips to help ensure your pipes won’t freeze or burst.

1. Give your home a little extra heat

Heating your home well is one of the easiest ways to keep your pipes from bursting or freezing, especially during extreme cold snaps. When the thermometer drops, and drops, make sure your furnace is helping to compensate. Knowing the right temperature for your home depends on where you live, where the pipes are located and how well they’re insulated.

2. Give your garage some heat too

If your garage is attached to the house and it’s equipped with indoor or outdoor plumbing fixtures, be sure to heat it slightly with portable heaters if it’s not outfitted with heating.

Our flood restoration team has been a part of clean-ups for floods caused by burst pipes in the garage

3. Heading out of town? Shut things down

If you’re lucky enough to be heading to warmer locales for a holiday or you’re heading out of town for a few weeks to work, we recommend draining your pipes and shutting off the water supply.

Yes, our property restoration pros say you can set your thermostat to lower temperatures, but make sure there’s enough warmth that it won’t lead to pipes freezing.

4. Extreme cold snaps & extended holidays call for antifreeze

Here in Fort McMurray and area, where winters tend to be particularly intense, some homeowners who are going to be away for long periods actually pour plumbing antifreeze down everything that touches water: from toilet bowls and tub drains to dishwashers & washing machines.

In extreme weather conditions, it’s also recommended that you let your faucets trickle hot and cold water to prevent freezing.

5. Consider leak detectors

In the age of smart-gadgets, yes, there are leak detectors you can install on water-using household appliances. The sensors—placed in areas that typically see damage—alert you via text email and/or audio alarm to let you know water leakage has occurred. Some models will then automatically shut off the water supply.

If you or your sensor ever suspect a leak or burst pipe, be sure to shut off your main water supply valve. Make sure you’re familiar with where it is in your house so if there is a problem, you can get to it immediately. This can make an enormous difference in limiting damage and the need for property restoration services.

When water damage strikes, turn to the trusted water damage restoration experts at Proserve! We’ve been serving Fort McMurray and area for nearly 50 years with the most advanced equipment and training.