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Quick TIPS: What to do when your pipes break + prevention plans

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What do you do the moment you see water streaking down your walls? We talked to Don Joyner, Founder and President of Great Lakes Waterproofing, to learn immediate steps you need to take to save your home.

After the break 

  1. Find the main water valve, which is usually in your basement. It's most likely a round or oblong red handle. Turn it to shut off the water.
  2. Now that the water has stopped flowing into your home, call a professional plumber. Waiting even 24 hours can allow mold or mildew to grow.
  3. Check your insurance policy or speak to your insurance agent to see if any of the damage will be covered by insurance. Depending on the cause of the broken pipes, insurance may not cover this event.
  4. Talk to a specialist to prevent another break.

Fallout 

Not to scare you, but one inch of water anywhere within your home can cause up $100,000 in damages. The best course of action is to prevent rather than react to a broken pipe. Most pipes break as a result of extremely low temperatures, so take these quick steps to keep your pipes intact

  1. Disconnect your hose from your outside water spigots. In intense cold, the hose will freeze, expand, and break the spigot, leading to flooding in your basement.
  2. Run water, especially warm water, to prevent freezing.
  3. Heat typical cold areas of your home, such as basements, attics, and even cabinets – anywhere pipes might be.
  4. Keep the temperature inside your home above freezing.
  5. Weatherstrip, weatherstrip, weatherstrip. Keep the cold out.
  6. Talk to a professional if you're concerned that your pipes aren't ready for winter.

Keep water where it should be and your home running smoothly with expert advice in our vipTIPS.

Need help with waterproofing? Contact Great Lakes Waterproofing.

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