Ames Area Residents: Don’t Let Your Garden Hose Be the Culprit of Water Damage
Remember that warm week in early April? People were thronging places like Ledges State Park near Boone and thoroughly enjoying the weather.
Have You Ever Done This?
We had one client in Ames whose son took advantage of the near 80-degree temps to hook up the hose and wash his car. Lots of people probably did.
Of course, Iowa temps in April are a crazy roller coaster, and about a week later they dropped below freezing, with a little bit of snow and ice to boot. The water left in the line from the hose still being hooked to the house expanded and cracked the copper water pipe that ran inside. And the homeowner had no idea. Guess what happened.
The Unsuspected Culprit
Once it warmed back up, they turned on the hose again without realizing water was running down into their basement. We see this a lot.
How To Prevent Water Damage From Your Garden Hose After a Freeze
If you used your hose during that early warm streak and haven’t turned it on again, and if the water pipe is exposed, you can simply go down to where the line comes into your basement, have someone turn the hose on full blast and monitor the pipe for any leaking.
If you have turned on your hose again after using it during the warm weather, you should go inspect the area around the pipe in your basement for any signs of water leaking or damage.
To prevent this in the future, make sure you winterize by unhooking all garden hoses well before temperatures drop below freezing in the fall and waiting to reattach until temperatures have stabilized in the spring. If you do use your hose in early spring, it’s always good to unhook it immediately afterward.
See any problems or have concern? Call us right away at 515-233-4544. Water can spread and be absorbed quickly, so you don’t want to wait.
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We have superior equipment and tools to evaluate your damage and make all the repairs so it’s “Like it never even happened.”