Burst pipes are bad news all year round, but dealing with unexpected water in your home during a Green Bay, WI, winter surpasses “bad news” and hops right over into “catastrophe.” Preventing burst pipes can be difficult because half the time you don’t know what to look for, and the other half of the time you might see something wrong but don’t know how to fix it. The good news is that companies such as ServiceMaster Recovery by Restoration Holdings have the tools and the know-how to address burst pipe cleanup and water damage restoration. But even that doesn’t mean your job as a homeowner is over!
Of course, the most effective way to deal with burst pipes and burst pipe cleanup is to prevent them from bursting in the first place. Preventative care can be done long before winter sets in and it’s up to you as a homeowner to make sure that this sort of work gets done. Make sure that you take any drips or dribbles seriously and address any rust before the snow falls. If you see it, treat it. Winter in Wisconsin is a bad time to find out that the leak in your kitchen was a sign of worse things to come, so if your pipes tell you something, make sure to listen. However, it’s wise to remember that pipes that are prone to bursting aren’t always in obvious locations, which is why it’s also important to be on top of your home climate as well as your home maintenance.
If you’ve already taken some of the basic preventative steps, then it’s time to learn your home. Depending on how well insulated your home is, you may need to consider where on the property your water lines are located in order to best protect them. For instance, if there’s a chance of a burst pipe in your garage, it may be wise to keep your garage closed in the winter unless it’s absolutely necessary to keep it open. Or if you know that heat builds up in your bathrooms and kitchens, try to keep them open to allow each part of your home to benefit from a few extra degrees. The trick is to learn how to effectively isolate and circulate heat in your home.
If partway through the winter, you notice that your water pressure is becoming irregular (or nonexistent), consider letting a small amount of cool water run through the pipes even when you’re not using them. This of course may feel like a terrible waste, but even a small amount of movement throughout your water system can prevent burst pipes in some of the coldest parts of winter. If the water trick isn’t working for you, make sure to consult a specialist before the problem becomes worse. Burst pipe cleanup services may operate year round, but addressing the issue before it explodes is still important.
Being a Green Bay, WI, homeowner sometimes feels like learning a new language, and teaching yourself how to prevent burst pipes and water damage can seem overwhelming and overly complex. Luckily, just like in language courses, there’s never any shame in consulting a native speaker. If you have concerns about your pipes bursting or require burst pipe cleanup services, contact the water damage restoration experts at ServiceMaster Recovery by Restoration Holdings today at (920) 336-7411, or visit their website here.