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Fall To-Dos: Prepare Your Plumbing To Avoid Winter Flood Damage

Fall To-Dos: Prepare Your Plumbing To Avoid Winter Flood Damage

Fall is almost here and you know what that means: winter is close behind. Canadian homeowners know that our winters are harsh and that homes need some extra protection to stand up to the elements. It’s best to do this now when the temperature is still decent, as opposed to trying to get things done after the leaves have all fallen and the snow starts piling up. One of the most important things you can do for your home before winter is to make sure your plumbing is ready for the cold season so that no pipes freeze or burst, otherwise you could be dealing with major flood damage in the middle of winter.

Protect Against These Causes Of Flood Damage

Prevent Freezing
This is one of the most common pipe issues in winter and it can lead to major flood damage. When pipes freeze, the water pressure will build up and a burst will occur wherever the pipe is weakest. Ice within pipes will also weaken the pipes in the future, as water expands and puts strain on the pipes. To avoid frozen pipes in the winter, ensure that your pipes are properly insulated. While this is important for all pipes, take extra care to check on pipes that are closest to the outside, as these are most at risk. If your pipe does burst, follow the tips from Burst Pipes? What You Need To Do.

Look For Leaks
If you have a leak in your waterline, it can become a much bigger issue in the winter. What starts as a small leak can turn into a large split if the water freezes and expands the pipe. Some signs that you have a waterline leak include:

  • Low water pressure
  • Puddles of water in the home
  • A higher than usual water bill
  • Hissing or bubbling noises
  • Water damage spots (often seen on the ceiling)
  • Discoloured water

Leaks can lead to flood damage if the leak turns into a burst pipe, but it can also cause water damage if leaks go unnoticed and cause staining or mold.

Check The Water Heater
This is an important part of your home at the best of times, but you really don’t want to go without warm water in the winter. If your water heater is relatively new, you shouldn’t have to do much maintenance, but if your water heater is getting close to 10 years old, you should have it inspected. If your water heater is working properly and has good insulation, it should stay warm and freezing shouldn’t be an issue, but if it stops working, the water is at risk of freezing. It is also recommended to flush your water heater once or twice a year, especially since Calgary water is fairly hard and scale can build up. If the scale builds too much, your water heater is at risk of breaking down and causing flood damage in the home. While flushing your water heater isn’t always mandatory, it does reduce the risk of potential flooding and is a good maintenance practice.

Beware Of Septic Tank Bursts
Your water pipes aren’t the only pipes that can freeze and burst. If you have a septic tank, this can also freeze in the winter. Ensure that your septic tank lines are cleared and well insulated so that you don’t have to deal with any burst septic lines. If your septic tank line does burst, ensure that you call a professional to clean it up, as blackwater poses lots of health risks. Flood damage from contaminated water causes even more destruction than regular flood damage due to the danger it poses to your health.

Flood Damage Cleanup in Calgary

These tips should help you avoid any flood damage this winter, but sometimes things happen even when we have taken the proper precautions. If you experience an accidental burst pipe or if a toilet clogs and overflows, flood damage can sometimes occur even to homeowners who are prepared. If your home has flood damage, call 24/7 Restoration for cleanup services. We will ensure that the flooded area is completely dried and that any damaged material, such as drywall, flooring, appliances, and furniture are removed. We will work tirelessly to get your home back to pre-flood condition and we will make the space safe for your family once again. For flood damage cleanup, contact 24/7 Restoration in Calgary at 1-403-247-4365 or fill out the online contact form.



Q: Does 24/7 Restoration charge for estimates?
A: Our estimates are 100% free and we are committed to being super responsive when flooding occurs in your home or business.

Q: My pipes have been fine other winters, why should I take extra precautions to ensure they don’t freeze this winter?
A: After the previous years with intense cold snaps, many people are realizing just how fast pipes can freeze and how much flood damage it can cause. Calgary is also at risk for winter storms that can knock out the power. This can cause some gas furnaces and water systems to shut off and, if the water is not flushed out of the pipes, they can easily freeze, leading to bursts.

Q: What do your flood damage restoration services include?
A: Our flood damage services include:

  • Water extraction and removal
  • Drying and dehumidification
  • Humidity and airflow control
  • Structure reconstruction and restoration
  • Mold remediation/removal
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