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OKC Realtors How to protect from Freezing pipes

Now that we’ve had a couple of freezes this year, it’s a good time to talk about freezing pipes. Freezing pipes are not only inconvenient because they stop water flow, they can also lead to major damage to your home from bursting pipes. OKC Realtors is here with a few tips to protect your home from freezing pipes this year.

1.) Keep the heat on: Obviously, keeping the heater on in your place is one of the simplest ways to prevent freezing, while also keeping you warm as well! If your going to leave for an extended period, leaving the heater on so that your home or apartment does not fall below 50 degrees is sufficient to keep your pipes from freezing.

2.) Keep Interior doors open: Pipes are often located in cabinets. This can insulate them from the heat of your home and make them freeze even if it’s perfectly warm in your home. When it get cold, keep these cabinet doors open to let the heat in for  the pipes.

3.) Allow the faucet to drip: If you think your pipes might freeze, like during the night when your sleeping, allow the faucet to drip slightly. This will relieve pressure on the water system. Whenever a pipe bursts, it’s because the freezing creates pressure within the pipes. This pressure will build up and eventually bust the pipe. Allowing your faucet to drip keeps that pressure from building up and keeps your pipes intact.

4.) Add Extra Insulation: Pipes are often located in areas that don’t have proper insulation like basements. You can add extra insulation to these areas to help keep the pipes warm and prevent freezing. You can also outfit your pipes with Foam rubber or fiberglass sleeves to directly insulate the pipes. This can get pretty expensive if the pipes aren’t already exposed though. OKC Realtors doesn’t recommend tearing out your walls to insulate a few pipes, instead try one, or all, of the previous methods.

Thinking of selling you home or buying a new one? Give the realtors at Metro First Realty, OKC Realtors, a call today at 405-242-4004!



Houses For Sale OKC: 1 Flaw Spotted During An Inspection

Houses For Sale OKC: The problem and how to fix it

During this time of year, a lot of people have closed on house deals prior to the start of fall so that they can settle in before winter. If you’re a late mover you may still be searching online for “houses for sale OKC.” If you’re still looking just know that one part of finalizing details on a home is obtaining a home inspection. A good home inspector will find the flaws anywhere and everywhere! One of the most common flaws spotted during a home inspection is related to the drainage. Rain may not have been a problem during the hot summer months, but you have to think about the home’s state as it will be if something isn’t taken care of.

Houses for sale OKC: Poor drainage problem

The problem: If you notice that the lawn often gets soggy after an average rain or water pools up in the driveway, this is a sign of poor drainage. If water continues to build up too much then over time it can back up to the house causing eventual structural damage or immediate signs of insect infestation, rot or mold.

A solution: Gutters should have downspouts that direct water away from the house. They should be extended 6-10 feet away from the foundation. If you decide to purchase the home as is, you may also consider French drain installation. You may also negotiate with the home seller to see if they will add this before closing on the home. With French drains water will be forced to flow downhill as the drains are slightly sloped trenches filled with round gravel and a pipe that diverts water away from the house.

The fall and winter storms are the ones to worry about and they’re right around the corner so don’t be surprised if your home inspector recommends that you have proper drainage for the safety of the home. You can hire a professional landscaping team to take care of your drainage problems for you. It may seem like it isn’t worth the upfront expense, but in the long run what proper drainage will save your house from will be worth it!

If you need an experienced realtor to help you find the perfect home, please give Metro First Realty a call @ 405-242-4004.