Homeowners H20 Woes–Things to know
It may be hard to think about spring with winter just beginning but let’s imagine it's a warm spring day and you’ve just turned on your garden hose for the first time since fall. When you notice that the hose is hardly producing any water. Not thinking anything of it you continue using your hose until the job is done.However, when you step inside you can hear running water.You’re pipes have broken and now you’ve got a foot of water in your newly refinished basement.
What do you do?
Stop the water and prevent further damage
- *Never enter standing water in case there may be electricity running through it.*
- If you can safely, flip the breaker off to stop the electricity.
- Never risk injury
- Locate shut off valve and turn water supply off - never risk harm to yourself.
- Call a plumber
- Take pictures of the damage before water is removed and after in case of a claim.
- Call someone who specializes in water restoration to who can extract water, prevent mold, and provide a plan and estimate for repairs.
Call your insurance company to discuss if you should file a claim.
How to prevent it?
- Keep the thermostat set on at least 55 degrees during the winter months.
- Disconnect garden hoses from the outside spigot at the end of summer.
- You can leave cabinet doors under any sinks open to let warm air circulate.
- Keep your garage door closed if you have pipes exposed or above your garage.
- Have you furnace inspected prior to being gone for long periods of time.
- You can add insulation to water pipes and drain lines in crawl spaces or consider heat tape.
- Let water trickle during the night when temperatures near zero.
- Know where your water shutoff valve is in case this happens.