Our winters aren’t typically that cold. But while we’re blessed with seasonable winters, the reality is we do get some cold fronts that move through. In some cases, we can see night time temperatures will below freezing. While people living in the North are used to the issues these extreme temperatures can cause, the reality is most Georgia residents get caught off guard by these winter weather events. That’s good news for us, because we usually see a sharp uptick in the number of water damage projects we service, but really there is no reason you should have to suffer through that. So read this blog post to see how to prevent your home from suffering severe water damage this winter!
Insulate any attic pipes
While it’s unheard of in the north, many homes in the south use the attic space to run plumbing pipes throughout the home. These pipes supply water to every device in the home that needs water, acting as the central nervous system of your home (along with your HVAC and electrical system). Obviously important stuff, but usually it’s out of sight out of mind…right up until it breaks. And in the winter, the failure can be catastrophic. Picture yourself sound asleep. It’s freezing outside and you’re dreaming away…and then in your dreams it starts to rain. Weird. Then you wake up, and realize it’s actually raining in your room. UH OH! What the heck is going on? Well, your pipes froze and they’re flooding your entire home!
Frankly, this should never happen. If you bought your home and had it inspected, one of the first things the inspector should have warned you about was the un-insulated pipes. Inspectors have to cover their butts. As such, they fill a lot of inspection reports with really minor stuff. This isn’t one of those minor things. This is a major thing and a huge liability. If you go up in your attic and discover your pipes aren’t insulated and you’ve lived in the house for several years, count your blessings your home hasn’t been flooded already.
Wrapping your attic pipes in insulation is incredibly cheap. Especially when you compare that to your deductible should your home flood because those pipes failed due to cold weather. For some people, that deductible is $1,000. For many others, it’s 1% of the value of the home. If you own a $300,000, you could be on the hook for $3,000 in costs should this happen to you. And that doesn’t even factor in the 1-2 months of work that is required to remove the water, dry out the home and then reconstruct it. It’s not a fun process to go through, and it’s one you won’t have to go through if you spend one weekend this fall getting in your attic and insulating your pipes.