Baton Rouge Water Damage
The weather is finicky around Southern Louisiana, and this year is no exception. We’ve had multiple freezes and if you believe in Punxsutawny Phil, we’re going to have 6 weeks more of winter. Groundhogs aside, there are some very important things to do to prevent broken pipes and costly water damage. While we are always here to help, a busted pipe can be a costly and unnecessary issue.
How to prevent frozen pipes
- Keep garage doors closed if there are water supply lines in the garage.
- Open kitchen and bathroom cabinet doors to allow warmer air to circulate around the plumbing. Be sure to move any harmful cleaners and household chemicals up out of the reach of children.
- When the weather is very cold outside, let the cold water drip from the faucet served by exposed pipes. Running water through the pipe – even at a trickle – helps prevent pipes from freezing.
- Keep the thermostat set to the same temperature both during the day and at night. By temporarily suspending the use of lower nighttime temperatures, you may incur a higher heating bill, but you can prevent a much more costly repair job if pipes freeze and burst.
- If you will be going away during cold weather, leave the heat on in your home, set to a temperature no lower than 55° F.
What if I end up with a busted pipe?
First, immediately turn of all water sources- this includes the main line. Call a plumber, and call United Fire and Water. We can extract water and provide dry out services. Water damage from a broken pipe is usually clean water, so if you catch it quick enough, you have much less risk of mold. United Fire and water is very experienced in all sorts of water damage, and we can quickly get your home back to normal- or better.
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