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Home Inspections OKC: Keeping your pipes from bursting

Home Inspections OKC talks about keeping your pipes safe during winter.

Winter is here! And it’s frozen! There are many problems to keep aware of in the winter but one of the most important is making sure your pipes are protected from bursting. Home Inspections OKC is here with a few tips on keeping your pipes safe this winter.

Pipes burst because they can’t handle the water in them freezing. When water freezes, it expands. If a pipe is old or made of less than stellar materials this expansion will prove too much for the pipe. A burst pipe will spill water out continuously until it’s patched. This not only costs you a fortune on your water bill, it can also cause severe water damage to the areas of your house where the pipes burst. In addition, mold and mildew can become a problem if the water is allowed to sit for too long. So, how can you keep your pipes safe from a freezing winter this year?

Add Insulation: In the attic and basement especially, adding insulation can keep these often exposed pipes warm and safe from freezing.

Remove and store outdoor hoses: Removing, draining and storing outdoor hoses, close the indoor valve supplying water to outdoor hose bibs, and keep these outdoor valves open to drain the remaining water and keep expanding water from bursting the pipe.

Open Kitchen and Cabinet Doors: Pipes are often located inside cabinets. Keeping your kitchen and bathroom cabinets open will allow warm air to circulate through these parts of your house and help keep the water in those pipes warm.

55 F: If your going away for a few days, keeping the temperature in your home to around 55 F is usually enough to keep your pipes from freezing over while you are away.

Call Shaprshooters Home Inspection, Home Inspections OKC,  today for a home inspection at 405-538-6007

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Home Inspections OKC: When Water Damage Happens

Home Inspections OKC: Detecting Water Damage Early

Sometimes water damage happens without anyone knowing about it until warning signs emerge. Other times it’s quite obvious as flooding due to a violent storm, a busted pipe, or a backed up drain could cause enormous amounts of visible damage right away. Whether you’re the first person in this scenario or part of the latter, our Home Inspections OKC team shares with you why it’s important to detect the damage and clean up quickly!

Did you know that a homeowner with water damage in their home will spend between $1,000 to $3,635 to repair the damage? It’s vital to note here that not all insurance policies will cover flood damage, either. Flooding can be a very slippery situation, indeed. Once water damage does happen, it’s time to move quickly to avoid an even worse situation later on.

For homeowners that didn’t know the damage was there or for new home buyer’s it’s a great idea to get a home inspection completed as sometimes the water leak may behind a wall that isn’t visible to the outside. Professional home inspection teams, such as Sharp Shooter Home Inspections OKC, will be able to detect this kind of leak for you and save you hidden maintenance costs.

Here are a few tips from our Home Inspections OKC team:

  • If you have minor damage that is manageable, first shut off the main valve to prevent the flow of water.
  • Get rid of any standing water
  • Clean up any debris, and if possible, remove your most valuable possessions from the area.
  • If you see any mold, remove all wet items and throw away moldy carpet.
  • If damage is too catastrophic to handle on your own, consider calling in some professionals for clean up!

Don’t let water damage ruin your home! If you’re in the market for a new home, definitely consider having a home inspection completed. Sharp Shooter Home Inspections OKC specializes in all inclusive home inspections and we can find any water damage.

Let us know if you’re in need of assistance. Our Home Inspections OKC team can be contacted by clicking here.