Winter is fully setting in here in Illinois. If you haven’t already done it, it is a good idea to winterize your home water pipes in case of a hard freeze later on this year. Yes; it is January, but anything can happen.

Prevention is the first step against a catastrophic water pipe bursting. The key places to look are where it is likely to be un-insulated: crawl spaces, attic and outside walls are most common pipes to burst. Start here with your preventative measures.

• Close all holes, cracks and foundation with caulk.
• Turn faucets in unheated places on to a slight trickle.
• Open cabinet doors if the temps drop to freezing. This will keep pipes warm.

Ice Dams

An ice dam forms when warm air in the attic melts snow on the roof. Melted snow (called: water) collects and freezes into ice. Do the following:

• Have the gutters professionally cleaned, inspected and repaired before the snow sets.
• Insulate the attic correctly.
• Ventilate the roof so it is between five to 10 degrees of the external temperature.

Spring Thaw

We all wait for the spring to come, but this can be a bad time for water issues. Here is what you should prepare to have done:

• Have snow removed when the layer is over six inches;
• Shovel snow from the foundation.
• Clean sewer drains for all debris to clear.
• Check basement for leaks.

We at PlatinumCare Cleaning and Restoration wish you a Happy New Year. We want you to contact us immediately if you have a water damage problem, or if you are curious about your current status of potential damage, contact us. We are happy to come out and perform a full inspection and review for you.

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