- Inspect home/facilities for any damaged water lines and potential air draft problems. Test heating systems and, if you have them, freeze prevention devices. Make any necessary repairs before it gets too cold or a potential problem becomes worse.
- It is important to keep the cold out as much as possible, so you may need to seal small openings that allow drafts to come inside with caulk, foam, or additional insulation in colder parts of the building.
- Also imperative is keeping as much warmth as possible in, doing all possible to not let the cold interrupt any facility functions – make sure all areas containing water lines are heated and you may also want to think about insulating water pipes with foam tubes.
- Paying attention to water flow is crucial in preventing pipe-freezing problems, and they have sophisticated systems available to control by computer or thermostat to notify you if flow is beginning to suffer due to cold.
o The very light running of faucets may also deter potential freezing of pipes
If a weather related damage does happen to occur some steps to minimize damage include:
o Shut off main water valves
o If pipes are frozen but haven’t burst, remove ice plug and heat the area
o Implement any weather emergency response/continuity plans you may have
o Contact a water remediation contractor
o Record descriptions and pictures of any damages for documentation.
With the coldest temperatures of the year coming soon, keeping these techniques in mind and acting on them will lessen the chance of a weather related setback for you or your business. To learn more about winter preventative measures give us a call at (703)683-6601 or click the button below.