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Posted on: February 18, 2021

Home Care Tips: Preparing for Rising Temperatures

Inspect your home thoroughly and often. Pipe bursts and sources of water damage do not always originate inside your home.

  • Locate your water meter or house shut off valve for quick access. Your meter is likely marked on the street curb with “WM”. If possible, understand how to and be ready to turn off if necessary. It may require special tools to open a water meter lid. WATCH this video from the Frisco Fire Department. 
  • Watch (often) for wet carpet or floors at baseboards. Do not forget your closets. Focus on exterior walls, especially at exterior hose bib connections.
  • Listen for unusual sounds in your home when no water is being used.
  • Inspect outside exterior walls at the foundation for water exiting brick or siding.
  • Monitor your yard for super saturated soil. Irrigation systems can also freeze and burst.
  • Watch for ice dams at roof valleys and home intersections. Melting snow and ice can enter homes when dammed at rooflines.
  • Inspect pool equipment for broken pipes and housings.

 A frozen damaged pipe may not leak for many days after above freezing temperatures depending on the location, severity, and conditions. So, continue to monitor your home to avoid damage caused by freezing temperatures. A plumber may also be a good resource to help recover after freezing weather conditions.

 

 

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