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How to Prevent Frozen Pipes and Property Damage

11/24/2020 (Permalink)

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One thing you can count on every year in Wisconsin? Frigid winter weather in some form or another. That’s why it helps to have these tips handy to prevent frozen pipes in your home or business when outdoor temps plummet:

  • When you know below-freezing temperatures are forecasted, allow water to run in all the sinks at a slow, constant drip. Just a trickle is enough to keep the water moving through the pipes and prevent them from freezing.
  • Open up the cabinet doors in your bathroom vanities and under your kitchen sink. This allows heat from the home to circulate and keep the pipes warm.
  • Keep your house at a warm, consistent temperature during the day and night.
  • If you leave home for extended periods of time, keep your thermostat to at least 55 degrees Fahrenheit.
  • To keep garage pipes from freezing, make sure your garage door stays closed.
  • If your pipes do freeze, use a hair dryer, heat lamp, or heat gun to thaw them. Then run hot water from your faucet for a couple minutes to keep the pipes warm.

Frozen Pipe Damage? Call SERVPRO Immediately.

When pipes freeze in your home or business, it could lead to a burst pipe and eventual water damage. Trust your local SERVPRO staff here in Southeast Milwaukee County to help get your home or business back to normal. Contact us anytime at 414.421.3500 for help in an emergency, or to learn about our other repair, restoration, and cleaning services.

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