Protecting Your Home from Cold Weather

It’s cold. Like, time-for-this-southern-girl-to-consider-moving-further-south, cold.

It only takes a quick scroll through your Facebook feed to see that the weather is pretty much what everyone is talking about so far this New Year, and along with it are stories about how they’re having to deal with pipes that burst thanks to the freezing temps.

Most of you have probably heard and are familiar with the tips we hear about on the news- leaving the water dripping, opening the cabinet doors and if you can, wrap the pipes to insulate them… but do you know what you would do if a pipe in your home actually did burst? I sure wouldn’t know what to do or where to start, so we got some advice from our friends at Stanley Steemer, who offer 24/7 Emergency Water Removal.

Minimize the Damage

If possible, stop the water at its source. (Do you know where your main water valve is?)

Turn off the electricity and remove small electrical devices from the areas with excess water, if it is safe to do so.

Avoid walking on wet carpet.

Remove small furnishings from carpeted areas or place aluminum foil under furniture legs. This helps prevent permanent rust of furniture stains.

Hang draperies and pin up furniture skirts to avoid contact with wet floors.

Remove any breakables, moisture-sensitive and high value items, as well as items that may stain floor coverings. Check under the beds and other furnishings.

Plan for restoration crews to move furniture into dry areas.

Wash your hands after handling damaged items.

Avoid the possibility of electric shock. Do not use home vacuum or shop vacuum to remove the water.

Avoid the temptation to turn on fans or heating and air conditioning units as they may spread
contamination if the situation is sewage-related.

Ok, so you’ve managed to minimize the damage as much as you can on your own, now it’s time to call for back up. Proper extraction and drying techniques help minimize the possibility of secondary damage, potential microbial growth and reduces long term costs. Certification and accreditation are important when considering who to call. You’ll want to find a company who can be there regardless of time or day, these types of housing emergencies don’t happen when it’s convenient for you.

And remember, prevention is always the best, but keep these tips handy in case you need them! Stay Warm everyone!

Stanley Steemer of North Central Alabama services the greater Birmingham Metro Area and surrounding counties, spanning from Cullman to Clanton and from the Mississippi state line to the Georgia state line.

All Stanley Steemer water restoration specialists have Institute of Inspection Cleaning and Restoration Certification (IICRC), the most widely recognized and accepted certification program in the industry. These individuals are highly trained and prepared for any emergency water removal task they encounter. In addition to certification, our technicians attend IICRC-accredited continuing education and training programs throughout the year. We provide the time and money to train our people, and we supply them with the best equipment available.
For more information on their 24/7 Emergency Water Resmoval visit their site

Stanley Steemer provides trained technicians and state-of-the-art equipment you can’t get anywhere else. When flooding occurs, why muddy the waters? Call Stanley Steemer.

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