With the cold weather, we are getting several calls about freezing pipes. Here are some winter tips from our friends at ServPro to keep you and your home a little safer:
• For water pipes we encourage residents to run at least one faucet in their home or business at a thin stream - lowering the risk of broken water lines during freezing conditions. Freezing water pipes can cause pipes to burst and... customers could be left with a thoroughly soaked house when the pipes thaw.
• Know where your water shut off valve is in your home in the event a pipe does burst.
• Disconnect any outside water hoses from spigots, as water trapped inside can freeze and crack the hose.
• Be extra careful when using supplemental heating units. Make sure all combustible materials, such as drapes or chairs, are at least three feet away from any heating unit.
• To reduce the chance of fire, avoid using flammable liquids to start fireplaces and do not leave a fireplace unattended. Most importantly, check your smoke detector to make sure it is working properly.
• If you are cold outside your pet is too. Bringing outside pets indoors during cold snaps, especially at night when temperatures dip to their lowest.
• Check in on neighbors and family members who may be more susceptible to cold weather conditions, such as the elderly or disabled.
Keep warm Kentucky!