Tips from a Servpro professional to prevent pipes bursting amidst freezing temperatures

Published: Feb. 9, 2021 at 6:36 PM CST
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CASPER, Wyo. (Wyoming News Now) - You’re already being brave by stepping outside to go to work each day in the freezing temperatures, and you are excited to come home just to try and warm up again. The last thing you want is to have a pipe burst and have to deal with water damage.

Servpro of Casper co-owner John Sleep has a few tips, so you don’t have to use Servpro’s services and fight another battle besides the cold temperatures. “Our homes are designed to handle rugged Rocky Mountain winters, but sub-zero temperatures over sustained period of days can certainly challenge a home’s capability to prevent freezing.”

Sleep recommends the easiest thing to do is to simply increase the temperature inside your home a few degrees. “Yes, you are going to pay more on your utility bill, but it is certainly cheaper than a large disaster response on your home,” said Sleep.

Sleep also said opening cabinets to allow heat to reach the pipes and leaving a faucet on a small drip, unless you are in a mobile home, can help prevent pipes from bursting and causing water damage.

If a home is vacant, it’s also important to make sure the heat isn’t completely off. “You really should maintain at least a minimum temperature at 55 degrees in a vacant property to prevent any problems,” said Sleep.

If you ignore these helpful tips or just need Servpro’s services, check out its website here.

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