You might not think of winter as being a time when water damage occurs, but it can happen. One of the biggest culprits of water damage can be the cold. The occasional below-freezing winter temperatures that Phoenix experiences can wreak havoc on your pipes and sprinkler systems.
Keep your pipes warm
If you have pipes in parts of your home or your garage that aren’t insulated well, then you need to add extra protection in the wintertime. You can wrap your pipes in blankets or towels to help keep them insulated. That will help prevent them from freezing. When pipes freeze, they can burst, which can lead to a flood inside your home and cause a tremendous amount of water damage.
Take care of your sprinkler system
Another potential water damage accident waiting to happen is your sprinkler system. When the weather turns cold, it’s a good idea to shut your system off and drain all water out of it. Freezing temperatures can not only cause damage to your sprinkler system, but if there is water in the pipes, it can freeze and cause them to burst. This can send water back into your home or garage, which can lead to water damage.
You need to disconnect garden hoses from outdoor spigots, at least on a nightly basis if you don’t want to do it for the whole winter season. If you have individual shutoff valves for your outdoor spigots, it’s a good idea to turn them off anytime the temperature is projected to drop below freezing. Any water sitting in a hose can freeze and cause your spigot to burst, which can send water into your home.
If you do experience winter water damage from one of the events mentioned here, be sure to call a professional to evaluate the damage and recommend a course of cleanup. Your best choice in such a situation is our team of water damage experts at Rocky Mountain Restoration. You can call us anytime of the day or night at 480-309-2524 to deal with your water problem.