Winter Water Damage Prevention: Did you know that the cold and frigid temperatures of winter weather bring an increased risk of water damage to your home? Winter is notorious for being cold and wet, and large amounts of snow and ice can have severe consequences. ResQ 24 by Thompson Building Associates offers tips for fighting back against Old Man Winter:
Top Three Causes for Water Damage During the Winter Months
Burst or Frozen Pipes
Frozen pipes build up large amounts pressure, which can lead to cracks and flooding once the ice melts. Make sure your outer walls and any exposed pipes are properly insulated. Caulk cracks and holes you see in your exterior walls to prevent cold air from reaching the pipes. Shield exposed pipes from freezing temperatures by wrapping them with the insulating tape or old towels. When temperatures are very low or you plan to be away from home for several days, leave the faucets lightly dripping and keep the cabinets under your sink open to allow warm air to circulate around the pipes. Doing so will keep water flowing and can help prevent your pipes from freezing.
Ice Dams and Roof Leaks
Icicles are pretty to look at during the winter, but they can wreak havoc on your home. If your gutters are clogged, snow that melts off your roof won’t pass through the drainage system properly. As water gets trapped in your gutters and refreezes, a wall of icicles will build up, eventually causing ice dams. The melt from these ice dams can damage your roof and seep into your attic, causing structural damage or mold. Any ice melt that drips over the sides of your gutters has the potential to pool next to your home’s foundation and cause additional water damage, as well. Sharp icicles may break off as they melt, posing a serious safety hazard. Clean your gutters before the cold weather hits to keep the dangers of ice dams and roof leaks at bay.
Outdoor Water Sources
When the temperatures drop, you should shut off the water to your outdoor hoses and spigots. Drain any water from your hoses, and then store them so they don’t freeze, crack or break in the cold. Neglecting your outdoor water sources could cause problems when spring rolls around. Enjoy the beauty of the winter season without worrying about the weather damaging your home. Taking a few extra precautions can save you lots of hassle in the long run.
This winter, spend less time worrying about water damage and more time enjoying the season with your family and friends. If you should experience a flooded basement or any type of water back-up emergency in your home, call the professionals at ResQ24. Our water mitigation team is on-call 24/7/365 and can get your home and life back to normal as soon as possible.
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