GALLATIN, Tenn. (Grassroots Newswire) February 25, 2015—As freezing temperatures continue, SERVPRO’s Disaster Recovery Team would like to offer the following tips to help homeowners and business owners avoid damages during this frigid winter weather.
- Keep indoor temperatures above 65 degrees Fahrenheit, when possible. This will help keep pipes inside walls from freezing.
- If you are a homeowner, remind those in your household where to find the main water shutoff valve in case of emergency.
- If you are a renter or a business owner, be sure you have the contact information for your maintenance crew on hand in case of a burst pipe.
- Turn on hot and cold taps just enough to keep them dripping slowly.
- Keep cabinet doors underneath sinks open during extremely cold spells. This allows the warm air from a room to circulate around the pipes.
- Disconnect all garden hoses from outside faucets and spigots. Shut off valves to these spigots from the crawlspace, if possible.
- Close the flue in your fireplace when it is not in use, and, of course, always double-check to ensure your flue is open before starting a fire in the fireplace.
- If you plan to leave your home unattended for several days, have a friend or neighbor stop in to check on your residence. Undiscovered burst pipes can lead to catastrophic flood and mold damage inside your home.
- Beware of ice dams in gutters near downspouts.
"Unlike a lot of the disasters we face, frozen pipes and ice-related damages can often be avoided with a little planning and preparation," said Don Turner, Director of SERVPRO’s Disaster Recovery Team. "These steps will help prevent these types of personal disasters during this cold snap."
Many homeowners are now experiencing water damages due to ice dams. An ice dam forms when heated air melts roof snow which flows downward but gets trapped behind still-frozen ice. When the trapped water cannot safely flow or run into the gutter system, it can backflow under the roof’s shingles and into the structure’s interior areas.
SERVPRO’s Disaster Recovery Team mobilizes from across the country, as needed, to support large storm events. SERVPRO’s Disaster Recovery Team has responded to large loss and storm events across the country, including: 2014 Michigan Floods, 2014 Polar Vortex, 2012 Hurricane Sandy, 2012 Hurricane Isaac, 2011 Hurricane Irene and Tropical Storm Lee, 2011 North Dakota Floods, 2010 Tennessee Floods, 2010 New England Floods, 2009 California Wildfires and 2008 Hurricane Ike.
Founded in 1967, the SERVPRO?Franchise System is a national leader and provider of fire and water cleanup and restoration services and mold mitigation and remediation. SERVPRO's professional services network of nearly 1,700 individually owned and operated Franchises responds to property damage emergencies ranging from small individual disasters to multi-million dollar large-loss situations. Providing coverage in the United States and Canada, the SERVPRO?System has established relationships with major insurance companies and commercial clients, as well as individual homeowners.