Prevent Burst Pipes This Winter

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When a pipe freezes and bursts is can cause some serious water damage.   Burst pipes happen when cold water coming in to the house from outside causes your pipes to contract and this contraction often causes leaks from areas of the pipe that had weakened over time.

While you can’t control the weather, keeping  an eye on your plumbing system as the temperatures change and checking to see if you have any leaks can help mitigate any looming disaster.

 

Keep the Water Running

Water moving through the system helps keep your lines from freezing. If it is extremely cold outside, keep one or two faucets running slowly at all times.

 

Know Where Your Drafts Come From

Where your house is drafty is where most pipes freeze.  Usually pipes that freeze are located near an outside wall or a window, so be sure to direct warm air to any colder areas of your home.

 

Open Your Cabinets

If your kitchen sink is on an outside wall leave your cabinet doors open to allow heat into the cabinet. Your kitchen faucet is usually a good faucet to leave when the temperatures drop.

 

Disconnect your Hoses

You should disconnect your hoses in the winter, but you should definitely disconnect them when the temperature drops below freezing. When water is not able to drain out of your hose bib it will likely freeze and break the device and can cause serious water damage.

 

Keep the Cold Air Out

The cold can get through small cracks, make sure your home is properly insulated and sealed. Even the tiniest cracks can let cold air in and freeze your pipes. Use caulk or insulation to keep the cold out Look for air leaks around electrical wiring, dryer vents, and pipes.

 

 

 

How To Catch Flood Damage Risks

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Flood damage can be expensive. When purchasing a home or just deciding to purchase separate flood insurance it is important to take into consideration all the risk factors for flooding your home may have. Even if you are not located near water, other factors can put your home at risk of flooding. Experts say you should check for soil erosion, poor sewerage and drainage systems, overflowing creeks, rivers or lakes near the site, siltation problems, water ceilings and water leaks of existing structures to calculate risk of flood damage.

1.Spot the leaks. A good place to start is the windows. Leaks at window sills are normally caused by driving rains during storms and typhoons, which means the window sealant used is ineffective.

2.Be wary of the toilet. If the water goes up before flushing down, this may mean septic tank effluents are prevented from coming out because of floodwaters.

3.Note the watermarks.  Water marks on the ceiling would mean there are leaks, while water marks on the floor may mean water has been seeping into the floor joints, or at the joint between the floor and the wall. Also  look for flood markings on nearby fences or walls, or even on the tree trunks around the vicinity after heavy rains.

4.Peek into drainage manholes. Check drainage manholes, ideally after heavy rains, through the scupper, to find out whether the drainage line is running smoothly. Still water in drainage manholes could mean constricted or clogged drainages. This may also mean that it’s just a maintenance problem, but buyers must demand proper maintenance to be done before it becomes a bigger problem.

5.Look up, check the roof. Flapping roof sheets caused by strong winds, and clogged gutters could be a sign of a potential leak.

7.Ask the neighbors. Still, one of the best ways to know if the area is prone to flooding is to ask the people living in the vicinity.

8.Mud on the road.. Mud on the road is a tell-tale indication of the “looseness” of the soil where the road is situated. One should first look at the “ingress and egress” (entry and exit) of the location, or the accessibility of the location as access roads are as important as the site itself.