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While broken pipes are most notorious during the winter months, they are actually a common problem in the summer as well. To keep your home free from water damage during the summer, it is important that you know how to protect your pipes. Below are three tips from our restoration experts at Disaster Restoration Services to keep your New Haven home’s pipes protected during the summer.
Not many homeowners understand the negative effects that hot temperatures can have on their pipes. The process works by the heat drying out the soil (this is made even worse when there is low rainfall). The dried-out soil is looser and less compact than soil that is moist. The loose soil, in turn, creates more room for your pipes to move around. This is where the problems begin to occur. The extra pipe movement made possible by the looser dirt can jostle the pipe around and make it susceptible to being damaged. Fortunately, it is unlikely for you for a pipe to burst from this inside your home. However, if it bursts close to your home it could still flood your basement.
Demand For Water
With summer now here, that means swimming, watering lawns, washing cars, or even playing in the sprinklers. All of this means a greater demand for water usage. This increased demand for water could lead to failing pipelines. To make sure this does not happen to you, be sure to have your pipes checked on or updated regularly to keep up with the demand. Check to see if there is any warping in your pipes during the winter to make sure your lines can keep up with the summer demand. You can also buy and install window well covers to keep your basement protecting from flooding. Window well covers are cheap, long-lasting, and easy to use. They will prevent any water from running into your water wells and flooding your basement.
Backed Up Pipes
The last thing you want to deal with is a clogged sewer line in your home. Sewer backups are more common than most people think and exactly as messy as they sound. It’s important to keep excess pressure out of your sewer lines as the buildup of pressure can lead to them bursting. If you experience any problems with your sewer lines, call a plumber right away to have them looked at. It is far better to be cautious than it is to risk your home being flooded by not having them looked at.
Just as you work to keep your pipes protected during winter, these tips will help you protect your pipes during all times of the year. We hope you find them helpful for you! Nonetheless, if you have flooding or water damage problems in your home, our team at Disaster Restoration Services is here to help. Don’t hesitate to give us a call at any time for our emergency water damage restoration service.