Now that the holidays are right around the corner, you must take the proper steps to keep your home in good shape. In addition to the chilly temperatures and snowy scenery, the winter weather brings an increased risk of water damage to your home. Winter is infamous for being wet and cold, and hefty amounts of ice and snow can leave serious damage. Read on to learn about the three top causes of winter water damage and how to reduce your risk. If you find any water damage within your home, call Hydro Clean Certified Restoration to give you a hand!
Frozen or Burst Pipes
Frozen pipes build up massive pressure, which can lead to cracks and flooding once the ice melts. Be sure your outer walls and any exposed pipes are appropriately insulated. Caulk any cracks or holes you see in your exterior walls to prevent colder air from reaching the pipes. Shield any exposed pipes from the freezing temperatures by wrapping them with old towels or insulating tape. For maximum protection against leaks, install a detection system that can monitor pressure and signal a water shut-off. This technology can significantly reduce the amount of water damage caused by any frozen or busted pipes.
Roof Leaks and Ice Dams
Icicles may be a comforting trademark of winter, but they can be an indicator of trouble and cause damage to your home. If your gutters are clogged, the snow that melts off your roof won’t pass through the drainage system correctly. As the water trapped in your gutters freezes, a wall of icicles will form, eventually creating ice dams. The melt from these dams can damage your roof and seep into your home’s attic, causing severe structural damage. Any ice melt that drips over the sides of your gutters can pool next to your home’s foundation – and cause additional water damage. Clean your gutters before the cold weather arrives to keep the dangers of roof leaks away.
When temperatures begin to drop, you should shut off the water to your hoses. Drain any water from your hoses, and pack them away, so they don’t freeze, crack, or break in the cold. Neglecting your outside water sources can cause problems once spring and summer roll around. Enjoy the natural beauty of the winter season without worrying about water damage to your home.
Taking a couple of extra steps can save you a lot of hassle in the long run. Call the experts from Hydro Clean Certified Restoration to professionally renew your home back to its once-stellar condition after any possible flooding from water damage. Enjoy the holidays without the stress this winter.
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