As the temperatures begin to cool across much of the nation, it is time to begin protecting homes and businesses from the threat of winter water damage.
Cleveland OH (PRWEB) September 19, 2013
Restoration Local, one of the leading providers of water damage repair and restoration in the United States, is offering tips to property owners on how to safeguard their property against the water damage threat during the winter months. As the temperatures begin to cool across much of the nation, it is time to begin protecting homes and businesses from the threat of water damage.
Homes should be thoroughly inspected for leaks. Some areas such as sinks are obvious but others such as water heaters may not be readily apparent. Damaged or missing roof shingles should be replaced and all connecting joints caulked thoroughly.
Rain gutter systems should be kept free and clear of obstructions, since clogged gutters will only drain water the wrong way. Downspouts should be aimed away from the building.
Sump pumps should be kept in good working order in the event of a severe weather or flooding event. Exposed pipes should be insulated to keep from freezing. Hoses should be disconnected from outdoor spigots and drained.
Indoor hoses services appliances should be replaced with steel braided hoses since these are more likely to prevent leakage.
Have someone keep an eye on your home while you are gone and make sure they know where vital components such as thermostat and water main shutoff valves are located. If you cannot find someone, simply shut off your water while you are gone and make sure all pipes are drained to avoid freezing. You can also open cupboards under sinks and allow warm air to circulate.
Based in Cleveland OH, RestorationLocal.com is one of the leading water damage restoration companies in the country with contractors in 30 states. They are available 24/7 and all work is guaranteed. More information on water damage prevention and treatment can be found at their website.