The winter weather is here, even if the official first day of winter is a few weeks away. The freezing rain, wind and snow are falling all over the country and its inevitable - freezing temps mean freezing pipes and freezing pipes can lead to water leaks! The first thing you can do to prepare for winter is insulate your pipes. If your home has a basement or crawl space, it's a good idea to make sure all of you copper or pex piping has some form of insulation on it.
If you have an older home, you should be aware - you may have asbestos insulation covering your pipes. If this is even a possibility, DO NOT TOUCH IT! Asbestos becomes harmful when it is disturbed, and broken up. If you start tearing the insulation out, this can create microscopic, air-born particles that you could breathe in which can cause serious health problems.
If your piping insulation looks like the images below, leave it be. If you want to remove this insulation, it will require a professional - to find a local professional, just run a quick Google search for "asbestos abatement".
HOT WATER & FURNACE LEAKS
Insulation on your loose pipes will help to keep your pipes from bursting, but you also need to consider your water heater & furnace (forced hot water/baseboard heating).
Experts recommend keeping your pipes protected, and using some sort of water-detection device to alert you of leaks or potential pipe breaks. That is where we come in!
As part of your smart home security system, American Defense Systems can install water sensors that connect with your security panel and Alarm.com mobile app. This proactive approach will let you know about leaks immediately through your Qolsys panel and Alarm.com mobile app.
With the coldest temperatures coming in January, February and March, you still have time to get these sensors installed before you are hit by the arctic blast! Water Sensors are an affordable way to keep your basement from suffering major damage if your water heater should fail.
If you have water sensors in place, the clean up is much more manageable. You get the alert on your smart phone and immediately shut the water off at the mains, call a plumber and mop the leak.
If you don't have water sensors alerting you when the leak begins, this can often cause major flooding. If you are using your basement for overflow storage, or have a finished basement, this can end up costing you thousands in clean up!
Knowing about a leak when it begins can prevent hundreds of gallons of water from destroying your home. With professional installation from our licensed technicians, you can rest assured that if a pipe should burst, you will know about it immediately!
Questions about preventative maintenance and what options are available?
Talk to the experts at American Defense Systems; call, email or chat, we are here to help! 877-287-3077