Unhook your hose
So it has recently came to my attention that there are some people that do not know that you need to unhook your hose from your house in the winter. I never really thought about that. It was just something that I always did. This is actually a very important step to winterizing your home. When you do not unhook it the water stays in the hose and backs up into the pipes when the temperature goes below freezing the pipe will then bust from the pressure. That will result to water in your walls and all over your basement. On an average this is about a $5000 claim. That is nothing anyone needs to be dealing with at Christmas. This mess and this expense is easily avoided by simply going outside and unhooking all of your hoses from your house. By the way do not be ashamed if you did not already know this. apparently most people do not know this. Historically here at SERVPRO of Western O'Fallon/Wentzville our busiest time of year is right after a big freeze and this is the reason why.