Winter is Coming 2.0 - The Best Defense is a Good Offense
Summer has finally come and gone, and the colder months are on their way. For SERVPRO franchises, this means an upsurge in water related disasters caused by things such as burst pipes, snow melt and blocked gutters due to neglect amid the winter weather.
For SERVPRO of Davie and Yadkin Counties, owners Trey and George McSwain were first introduced to the emergency restoration and mitigation community after experiencing their own water-loss due to frozen pipes at their family mountain cabin in Deep Gap, North Carolina. This loss was not only the catalyst for SERVPRO of Davie and Yadkin Counties, but taught this restoration team the importance of proactive prevention and restoration during the winter months.
Unfortunately, for those with residential property or vacation homes in Western NC, frozen pipes are the leading cause of water related disasters. In 2018, State Farm data claims that losses related to frozen pipes totaled more than $270 million. Although residential water disasters are pricey, they are preventable with the right proactive and preventative maintenance.
SERVPRO of D&Y is dedicated to being a disaster mitigation resource for not only Davie and Yadkin counties, but for all their Western NC neighbors subject to the harsh Appalachian winters.
Check out SERVPRO of Davie and Yadkin’s Winter Weather Tips & Tricks to help prevent both commercial and residential water loss this upcoming winter season:
- Ensure that all your water hoses on the exterior of your home are unscrewed from the spigot
- Many people mistakenly believe that their hose bib will protect them from frozen pipes- however, if you leave your hose attached to your spigot, the water inside the hose will freeze and expand into your hose bib where the resulting pressure will cause a split in the pipe
- Never leave your water on if you are leaving or going on vacation
- If you are traveling, or you maintain a vacation home, ensure that your water is turned off at the supply to prevent an uninterrupted leak in your absence
- You may even consider draining your water lines and hot water tank until you return. Place a cup full of RV antifreeze in all sink/tub drains and toilets to prevent the water left in the bowls and p-traps from freezing
- Note the location of your water shut off valve in the case of an emergency
- Your sinks, toilets, washing machines and ice makers all have water supply lines bringing them H20. These supply lines are prone to breakdown with old age and or improper installation. Periodically inspect and change all supply lines at these areas along with their cut offs
- The interior water cutoff in your home is usually located just inside an exterior wall where your water supply line is brought into your residence. If you don’t know where your shut off valves are located, or are unfamiliar with their use, you should immediately learn their locations and how to manipulate the cut off valves to turn them off. In an emergency situation, this practice can mitigate flooding and loss while you await a plumber.
Learning and observing these proactive steps in your NC home can protect and limit your property loss from water damage.
Remember, your best defense against winter water damage is a good offense.
SERVPRO? of Davie and Yadkin Counties has successfully assisted hundreds of North Carolina home and land owners in fire damage mitigation, restoration and disaster recovery since their opening in 2011. If you are interested in updating your disaster mitigation efforts, SERVPRO of D&Y’s trained staff is here to help- available 24/7. Contact SERVPRO of Davie & Yadkin Counties at 336-677-1415, or SERVPRO9942@yahoo.com.
SERVPRO of Davie and Yadkin Counties is a locally owned and family operated restoration franchise, proudly serving over 83,000 North Carolinians across the piedmont. SERVPRO has positioned itself as the preferred restoration vendor for many national and local insurance companies, and our central NC location truly upholds this standard.
The SERVPRO D&Y team collectively hold over 20 industry certifications, making them a trusted local leader in water, fire, storm, mold remediation, as well as COVID-19 cleaning protocol.