You might think that if you don't live in an area that is prone to heavy rains and flooding that you won't ever have to worry about water damage or water damage cleanup after a flooding emergency. However, flooding can happen due to personal negligence, and not just due to heavy rains and the whims of nature. One biggest way that floods in a home occur is by freezing pipes that burst, and then flood a home with water. There are 4 easy ways that you can prevent freezing pipes and therefore prevent any flooding and water damage in your home!
Drain Swimming Pools
There's nothing like taking a fresh dip in the pool during those hot, humid, sticky days of summer. However, when winter roles around, your pool can provide you with a bit of a headache: it can be one of the most prominent causes for frozen pipes. At the end of each swimming season, usually right as autumn is rolling around, it is recommended that you drain your pools. This is not to say merely the basin, but also the pipes that are connected to the pool as well. Many people believe that they should also run antifreeze through their swimming pool pipes as well. Nothing could be further from the truth. Not only will antifreeze not work on your swimming pool pipes, but it is known to be considerably bad for the environment and could potentially ruin your lawn.
Remove and Drain Outside Hoses
You probably care for your lawn like a good homeowner. As such, you probably have plenty of hoses outside that you use to water and regularly care for your lawn. These should be removed and drained as soon as possible, as they can create an environment that leads to freezing conditions. Remember to close any inside valves that control outdoor hose bibs. This will mean that no water will be able to reach areas where hoses were located and will not be able to create freezing conditions. You should also remove your hoses from any valves and place them in storage. This is recommended due to the fact that you could forget to turn off the hose bibs or adequately tighten them. With the hoses in storage, they will not have the potential to create a freezing condition on your lawn.
Insulate Water Pipes
It may be worth investing in products that serve to insulate your pipes. There are plenty of after market products that can serve your pipes in the most beneficial of ways during those cold winter months: by keeping them from freezing. Products with descriptions like "heat tape" or "heat cable" can go a long way towards preventing freezing conditions. By placing such products around exposed pipe, you can create a warming condition that keeps cold from affecting your pipe in a serious and damaging way. In addition, these products are generally quite inexpensive and therefore serve as a great alternative to more expensive forms of insulation for your pipes. In areas that are less cold, but still prone to a bit of freezing, wrapping 1/4" of newspaper around your pipes can actually be efficient and prevent them from freezing and eventually breaking.
Leave The Heat On In Your Home
Most people tend to turn their heat off when they leave the house during the winter months even if they are gone for just a brief time. This may sound like good advice and a cost cutting measure, but it can actually work in your disservice. By turning the heat off in your home, your pipes are also not receiving the heat that they require and as such, this can lead to situations where your pipes can freeze and in some extreme cases, even break. It is recommended that you keep your heat on during these icy months.