Winters frigid temperatures can link its ways to pipe damage in your home. Once temperature get below freeing you homes piping is at a greater risk. When water freezes it expands can cause pipes to crack or even burst. A tip to avoid this situation is to let a faucet to drip a little water. With the water dripping a little it allows the water to flow still preventing water from freezing. You can also insulate piping with insulation tape usually made from fiberglass or foil. Insulate main piping areas that exposed to cold area in your home such as in basements around the exterior walls of your home. Keep temperatures in your home at a minimum sixty-five degrees. Piping is walls are substantially colder than the wall itself and pipes could potentially freeze. Making sure your gutters are cleared can help prevent water leaking in your home. Ice dams can forms and water could seep into your home. Caulking around dryer vents, electrical wiring and pipes can stop cold air from entering home and freezing pipes. Outside faucets could be culprit to leaks in your home. For the winter season it’s a good idea to turn off the main controls to outsides water faucets to insure they don’t leak. Clogged pipes can cause as much damage as frozen pipes. Making sure your home drainage system is working properly can save you the hassle of dealing with a nasty flood waters in your home. When disposing of grease put it into cans and make sure only flushable things go down the toilet. One warning sign of an oncoming clog is if sinks or bathtubs take a while to drain. Avoid using strong chemicals in that they may corrode and damage pipes. There are many other natural ways to clear the blockage. Putting strainers in bathtubs and sinks can help stop pipes from clogging and catch things like hair and soap. One tip to help avoid this ordeal is to boil water maybe a few times a month and pour it down every sink or drain to help breakup any blockage. Mother Nature can also have it affect on your home. Excessive amounts of rain can also cause damage by leaking into your basement from cracks in your foundation. If your sump pump fails your basement is at a higher risk of flooding if there is excessive ground water. Cracks in your roof can be a big problem during rainstorms. Rain could seep into attics resulting in mold forming. If there is too much rain water it can over flow sewer lines resulting in that nasty sewage in your basement. Living by a lake or river can put your home at higher risks during storms. The overflow of water can make its way right to your home causing damage to your exterior as well as flooding out the interior. A good way to protect your home is to have flood insurance. Contact an insurance agent to insure that your community participates in the National Flood Insurance program if you plan to purchase flood insurance.

Updated: January 13, 2010 — 8:02 pm
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