The BIG Freeze…will be followed by the BIG Thaw…!
I know the kids in all of us enjoyed the heaviest snowfall in a while but I think we are getting a little fed up of it now, its very very difficult to even walk on the streets probably more difficult then driving !
The harsh freezing weather will cause problems in many homes in particular freezing water pipes which when they thaw are very likely to burst and if they go unnoticed for any period of time the water will cause untold damage to your house, causing ceilings to collapse, destroying carpets, water running down your walls etc which will then lead you to have an insurance claim & it doesnt end there because next year when your policy comes up for renewal just watch the increased insurance premium…!
So how can you be prepared for the worst?
- Firstly in case of water leaks, you MUST know how to turn your water supply off! Ensure you have the appropriate tools nearby if needed in an emergency. Also have basins & buckets at the ready.
- Make sure you have your step ladder at hand in the event you need to get into the attic quickly!
- Have your insurance company contact details at hand, check their web site for emergency numbers, they often have contact details for approved Plumbers & tradespeople that are available on a 24hr basis. Save these numbers on your mobile phone.
- Its a good idea to leave your attic door open to allow heat rise and prevent pipes freezing, even leaving a light on in your attic can help.
- If you are away or you are responsible for a vacant property make sure the heat is on a timer.
- Try to have a family member or friend or even arrange a house sitter to keep a close watch on your home.
Some advice if pipes are frozen or burst:
- Switch off water supply, electricity & gas
- Try to limit the damage by moving as much furniture etc away from the affected area
- Be sure that any electrical items near to the leak are unplugged
Once you have the leak under control:
- Do not use any electrical item unltill you are satisfied that the leak is repaired
- Raise any floor covering and dry slowly, they may not need to be replaced
- If you are going to make a claim dont throw anything away as the claims assessor will need to view the damage.
If you feel I have missed any important point please be sure to post your comments….