In the Greater Houston area, we don’t get concerned about freezing weather too often, but it’s better to be prepared and knowledgeable before any sudden change in weather. Pipes can freeze if unprotected from insulation in below freezing temperature for an extended period of time. When that happens your pipes will burst and water will run rampant.

Before the weather changes.

  • Do you know where your water shut off is located?
  • Do you know where your outside Clean-Outs are located for both the main line and kitchen?
  • Do your hose bibs have backflow preventers?
  • Are your exposed water lines and hose bibs winterized with insulation?

If you are not going to use your hose, roll it up and put in storage until winter has past to alleviate any leakage and water lines freezing.

Flooding can occur from inside your home through your appliances.

Do you know the last time you checked your major water line areas? Washing machines are the first reason for flooding in a home due to water hoses. A burst washer hose can spill gallons of water per hour if it’s not detected right away, and water damage from a washing machine can be very expensive to repair. In just a few moments, a leaking washing machine can cause thousands of dollars of damage.

Ensure your washing machine, dishwasher, refrigerator and water heater are connected with stainless steel water hoses. Galvanized or copper hoses tend to rust or corrode from the inside out, resulting in reduced water pressure and restricted water flow. In time this will cause a rupture from the build-up.

Did you know that you should drain and flush your water heater annually? A malfunctioning thermostat could cause the heating element to overheat the water, making the volume inside of the tank too much for the seams to hold, or a fitting may have corroded, causing a major leak and severe flooding. A leak from the temperature and pressure relief valve (T&P) may be caused by excessive pressure inside the tank or overheating. Pressure on the T&P valve will keep it open almost continuously, leading to water heater leaking.

When was the last time you checked your drain pan on the water heater or the washing machine? A drain pan slides under your washing machine or water heater to provide the first line of defense against leaks, accidental spillage or anything that might drip from your washing machine. The washer pan will catch any leaks due to washing machine overflow or hose failure, or any drips from where the hoses connect to the washing machine. It won’t do any good unless it is also connected to a drain line pipe to move the water out of the area.

Prevention tips to ensure your greatest asset, your home, is kept safe and CLEAN!

 

 

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