Oklahoma City home inspection: Freezing weather tips
In part one of this series I discussed that when completing an Oklahoma City home inspection I see many things to be concerned about. One of the main things, with current temperatures, is frozen pipes that are prone to bursting. This can damage the inside and outside of your home. The Insurance Institute for Business and Home Safety provided information that explains the true dangers of frozen pipes. In part two of this series I will show you a few more reasons why frozen pipes can be dangerous and explain to you a few more ways that you can prepare your home to prevent them. As mentioned previously, I am an Oklahoma City home inspection expert and I feel obliged to keep you knowledgeable.
Oklahoma City home inspection warning: Why frozen pipes are dangerous.
1.) A busted pipe can cost you well over $5,000 worth of water damage.
2.) 250 gallons of water can leak out from a crack that is as small as an eight of an inch.
Oklahoma City home inspection tip: What you can do to prevent frozen pipes.
There are things you should do to the interior and exterior of your home to prevent frozen pipes. The first thing you should do is disconnect all gardening hoses and install covers on all outside faucets. Also, wrap pipes nearest exterior walls and in crawl spaces with pipe insulation or with heating tape. This can prevent freezing, especially for interior pipes that run along outside walls. Additionally, if you insulate the outside walls and unheated areas of your home, you will be providing a “coat” for you home.
Oklahoma City home inspection bonus tip:
If you plan to be away from home for an extended period of time, shut off the water supply valves to your washing machine.
I’m Jan Banks of Inside Out Home Inspection Services. I do Oklahoma City home inspections in the metro to include a 50 mile radius. I am dedicated to serving all customer inspection needs across this greater Oklahoma City metropolitan area. I have over 20 years experience in the construction industry as an estimator, job superintendent and a licensed General Contractor.