Dropping winter temperatures cause extensive water damages throughout the Dallas Fort Worth metroplex. Every year, phones at Dalworth Restoration ring off the hook during harsh freezing weather. Customers call to report frozen pipes, leaks and floods in their homes as well as businesses. Below are some water damage preventative measures to help keep you and your family safe and your property dry.
Property loss can easily occur when water pipes freeze and break, causing damage to walls, ceilings, floors, furniture and other possessions. Even a small crack in your water pipe can leak enough water to flood your home. In fact, in just one day, 250 gallons of water can be discharged from a pipe crack as small as 1/8 inch. So, it is imperative to be proactive and take action to protect your home.
Before extreme weather strikes, prepare your home to prevent water damage before it occurs. When temperatures dip, take immediate action to prevent water damage:
Keep in mind that homeowners' insurance companies are more apt to pay your water damage claim if you can show that you have done your due diligence and maintained your property in a reasonable manner.
Long term strategies for water damage prevention involve regular home maintenance year round. Pipes in the water supply system that are exposed to cold outdoor air are more likely to freeze and burst. The main water pipe carrying water to your home is an example of such a pipe. Exterior wall water pipes as well as attic pipes, basement or crawlspace pipes and garage pipes are more liable to freeze and burst. With this in mind,
When pipes freeze in sub-zero weather and then thaw out as temperatures rise, frozen pipes tend to crack and burst, which causes water leaks and flooding. If you discover a frozen pipe in your home, you can still prevent it from bursting and causing water damage.