High and Dry After Flood Damage

Repairing the damage done to your home after a flood can look like an overwhelming job. In most cases, it’s best to seek out the services of a professional flood damage restoration team. But when my home flooded a few years ago, I found out that there were some things that I could do myself. Books, clothes, and even furniture can recover from water damage under the right circumstances. Knowing how to prevent mold, and remove it when you find it, can also come in handy after a flood. I know that it can be a devastating event for a family. That’s why I started this blog – to share my experience with flood damage and share the things that I learned that helped me put my home back together. With both professional help, and amateur ideas, hopefully you can learn something useful from my experience.

Preparing Your Sprinkler System For Winter Weather

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Each year when winter sets in, you want to make sure you prepare your sprinkler system in order to protect it from damage due to freezing temperature. If you don't take the proper steps to prepare your system, you may end up dealing with freezing pipes, wasted water and dangerous situations from ice hazards. Follow the tips below to prepare your sprinkler system for winter weather:

Locate your water main shutoff and label it

The first thing you want to do is make sure you know where your water main shutoff is located and label it for future reference. You can usually locate this shutoff about a foot-and-a-half from your homes foundation wall where the water line goes into your home. You want this shutoff labeled clearly so the water can be turned off right away if there is a water emergency, such as a pipe bursting in your house.

Everyone in your home should be shown where the location is. You also want to be sure you keep the area around the shutoff free from debris and outside furniture. If you need to get to it quickly, you want a clear path to it.

Insulate the pipes

You want to make sure you put caulking around your pipes. Find the locations where the pipes come into the house and use the caulk around them. You also want to close your ventilation vents before winter sets in and remember to open them once the season is over. This helps reduce the chances of you needing to deal with frozen pipes.

Put your hoses away

Once the cold weather comes, you want to drain all of your garden hoses and put them away for the winter. This prevents damage to your hoses and the spigots from freezing, along with the attached pipes.

You should also make sure you shut off your sprinkler timers and have a company come out to blow out the water from your in-ground sprinkler system (if applicable). This takes a few minutes and is generally done with a compressor.

If you don't take certain steps to protect your pipes and your sprinkler system for the cold winter months, then you may find yourself dealing with some costly and messy plumbing problems. You need to do all you can to avoid frozen, cracked and even bursting pipes. The steps above are easy to follow and well worth the little bit of effort.

Be sure to contact professionals, such as those from Steeplechase, for any further information or help setting up a new system.

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30 December 2014