Michigan and quick seasonal changes
Do you live where the seasons suddenly change?
How often have you heard the term "Michigan Weather"? Wearing shorts one day and then winter jackets the next is a normal occurrence here. Extreme changes in temperature affect more than our choice in clothes.
Water lines are more susceptible to breaks at times of extreme temperature swings, both hot and cold. The American Society of Civil Engineers advises that just a 10-degree change in temperature can increase stress on water mains and service lines, and increase their risk of damage.
Pipes become brittle when water temperatures get below 40 degrees Fahrenheit, while air temperatures at or below freezing cause the ground to freeze. However, water main breaks often don’t occur until one or two days after the freezing temperatures arrive. This is because water temperature takes more time to decrease than air temperature.
You may not be able to control the weather but there are steps you can take to limit your exposure to any issues that arise:
1. Use a Water Main Shut Off tag on your home- After a pipe break it is imperative to stop the flow of water from entering your home. You can easily have hundreds of gallons of water in your home within minutes.
2. Wrap pipes nearest exterior walls and in crawl spaces with pipe insulation or with heating tape- This can prevent freezing, especially for interior pipes that run along outside walls.
3. Close all windows near water pipes; cover or close open-air vents- Freezing temperatures combined with wind drafts can cause pipes to freeze more frequently.
4. If you plan to be away from home for an extended period of time, shut off water supply valves to your washing machine- Shutting off your water supply to your washer helps prevent pipes from freezing and bursting. Look at the rear of your washing machine and you’ll see two knobs: one blue and another red (usually). Turn both of these knobs in the opposite direction to disengage the water.
4. Keep an emergency list of numbers near by- Even if you take every precaution, emergencies can still happen. Have a list of emergency numbers include a plumber, your insurance agent, and a restoration company like SERVPRO of Greater Pontiac.
Hopefully these tips will help you steer clear of a disaster in your home. If, even after your best efforts, you still have a pipe break, call SERVPRO of Greater Pontiac at (248)377-2220 in your hour of need. We want to be there for you and make it "Like it never even happened"