Yes… You CAN lower the risk of Winter Water Damage in your home or business.
Water damage can happen at any time, but the odds are higher during the colder Wyoming winters. Pipes freeze and appliances malfunction. After years of experience, we’ve identified the most common sources of water damage. These TIPS will help you get through the winter season safely.
6 TIPS to help prevent Water Damage
- DISCONNECT YOUR HOSES from your outside faucets. Close the indoor shutoff valves, if possible, and open the sillcock to drain any trapped water and prevent a frozen pipe. Otherwise, you may end up with a flooded basement or crawlspace this Winter or in the Spring the first time you use it again.
- CHECK YOUR GUTTERS. Leaves and other debris will prevent your gutters from doing their job of funneling rain or melting ice away from your property. Be sure your downspouts are directed away from your structure to prevent water from entering through your foundation or window wells.
- BLOW OUT YOUR SPRINKLER SYSTEM thoroughly and turn off the water supply if possible.
- KEEP YOUR FURNACE WORKING EFFICIENTLY. You need your furnace at its best, especially during the Winter – You can’t afford to have it quit working suddenly. If you haven’t done it in a couple of years, call an HVAC company and have them do a thorough checkup. Replace your furnace filters. And don’t forget your ductwork system. A dirty system causes your furnace to work harder and decreases efficiency. Schedule a furnace and duct cleaning at least every 2 years.
- LEAVING TOWN? VACANT HOME? SET THE THERMOSTAT at 68 DEGREES. It’s tempting to try to reduce energy costs by setting it lower, but damage from frozen pipes will offset any savings. During subzero temperatures prop open the cabinet doors under your sinks to help keep those pipes warm.
- CHECK YOUR PROPERTY REGULARLY. If your property is on the market or currently vacant, contact your realtor or property manager and remind them to personally check it regularly, especially during the winter. Just a few hours of water flowing from a burst pipe or malfunctioning appliance can cost thousands of dollars in repairs and possible mold issues.
However, should the unexpected happen…
- Shut off the source of water.
- Move any valuables and contents to a dry area if possible.
- Contact your insurance company if necessary.
- CALL DISASTER RECOVERY immediately to prevent further damage. Any water damage, even a small one, has the potential of turning into a serious mold issue and health risk.
Protect your property.
Call DISASTER RECOVERY: (307) 686-0078