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How to Prevent Frozen Pipes
As the temperatures drop in winter along the east coast, water becomes a threat to homes and businesses. Water expands as it freezes, placing tremendous pressure on whatever is containing it, including metal or plastic pipes. If you have leaking pipes or an inefficient heater, you can end up with a frozen mess—and serious repair costs.
Ways to Keep Pipes from Freezing
Before the onset of cold weather, protect and prevent frozen pipes with these tips:
- Insulate any exposed pipes in your home, paying special attention to unheated ones that may be in your crawl space, basement, garage, and under kitchen or bathroom cabinets.
- Maintain the same temperature during daytime and the day and at night. If you raise the temperature when the sun sets, you risk frozen, bursting, and leaking pipes.
- Close indoor values that supply water outdoors and open the outside value to properly drain excess water that may be in the pipes.
- Consider the benefits of efficient heater By combining proper equipment maintenance and upgrades with insulation, air sealing, and thermostat settings, you can help prevent frozen pipes.
- In dangerously low temperatures, let your faucet trickle. While you may be concerned about wasting water, running water is more likely to keep pipes from freezing.
- Remove, drain, and store outdoor hoses, and outside valves open so that any water.
- Going on vacation? Leave the heat on and set to a temperature no lower than 55° F. This is another one of the benefits of efficient heater systems that allow for smart controls.
Want to prevent frozen pipes with the help of a professional? Contact SERVPRO of Aberdeen/Holmdel today.
When Was Your Last Basement Inspection?
Whether you have a finished basement, or one that you rarely go down to, you need to know how to keep your basement dry and safe. There are many threats that are easy to miss, including mold, pipe damage, and fire hazards in the home – and the basement can be the prime culprit.
How to Avoid Mold, Water Damage and Fire Hazards in the Home Basement
A professional basement inspection on a yearly or biannual basis can help you prevent a wide variety of dangers and damage. Here are a few things to keep an eye on in your basement.
Be sure gutters are in their proper positions and downspouts are properly connected and turned away from your foundation. Water should be diverted at least 5 feet away from your foundation, so it doesn’t pool against your home.
Moisture and Mold
You may not be a mold specialist, but you can to watch carefully for any signs of dampness or mold in your basement. The sooner you catch these problems, the sooner you can catch and fix their causes, before they become much larger major expenses.
Consider adding insulation to ductwork and basement pipes and be sure to prevent burst and frozen pipes.
If you have air conditioning or heating ducts running through your basement, seal any leaks with duct tape. Also, be sure to have professional air duct cleaning and dryer vent cleaning, which can become fire hazards in the home.
Look for signs of animals or pests, which may include droppings along the top of your basement walls where the framing of your home sits.
If you need a mold specialist or a professional to perform a basement inspection, the experts at SERVPRO of Aberdeen/Holmdel are ready and willing to serve your needs. Contact us to learn more about how we can help.
IICRC Certified Firm
- Our Highly Trained Restoration Specialists can restore your Monmouth County Home
We are an IICRC Certified Firm
SERVPRO of Aberdeen/Holmdel is an IICRC firm. The Institute of Inspection, Cleaning and Restoration Certification (IICRC) creates the standards for the restoration industry and provides training and certification to restoration companies. IICRC Certified Firms have the right to display the IICRC Certified Logo.
IICRC Certified Firms must
- Present accurate information to consumers and conduct business with honesty and integrity.
- Require a technician on all jobs who has been formally trained and passed all required tests.
- Require a continuing education program to keep technicians up-to-date on the latest changes in the industry.
- Maintain liability insurance to protect all parties in the event of an accident.
- Maintain a written complaint policy and agree to Better Business Bureau or similar arbitration to resolve disputes, and accept the conclusions and recommendations of arbitration.
The IICRC Develops The Standards For The Restoration Industry
The IICRC has been the driving force in establishing the main industry standards and reference guides for professional carpet cleaning, water damage restoration and mold remediation. These IICRC standards take years to develop and require the coordination of experts in the field: manufacturers, industry organizations, insurance professionals, training schools, contractors, and public health professionals.
Every five years, the standards are reviewed and updated. The water damage restoration field changes rapidly with advancements in technology and science, and therefore the standards must evolve to keep pace.
About SERVPRO of Aberdeen/Holmdel
SERVPRO of Aberdeen/Holmdel specializes in the cleanup and restoration of residential and commercial property after a fire, smoke or water damage event. Our staff is highly trained in property damage restoration and we are an IICRC Certified Firm. We believe in continuous training: from initial and ongoing training at SERVPRO’s corporate training facility to regular IICRC-industry certification, rest assured our staff is equipped with the knowledge to restore your property.