Water damage is a common problem in the winter. Fortunately, there are precautions you can take to prevent the damage caused by ice and snow that can lead to water damage.
Prevent Water Damage By Insulating Your Pipes
When water in your pipes freezes, it expands. This causes your pipes to warp and possibly burst. A burst pipe is probably one of the most common forms of water damage most people deal with in the winter. When you know the temperature is going to be below freezing, always make sure you leave water dripping from the faucet. It will waste a bit of water, but it will save you hundreds or even thousands of dollars on a plumbing repair bill.
Keeping your house warm and opening your cabinets is also a good way to keep the water flowing through your pipes instead of freezing. Another great option is to have your pipes insulated for winter. This is very easily done by covering your pipes in an insulating sleeve.
Check Your Gutters
When snow and ice melt, the water is going to come off your roof. If your gutters are clogged or damaged, that water will gather on your roof and can cause leaks. This can lead to water damage and a roofing repair bill. If you are not a fan of heights, then it is a good investment to hire someone to clean them for you. A clean gutter will be a benefit to you throughout the year.
If you have the tools to reach the roof, then you should also try to clear as much of the snow off your roof as you can. Snow is heavy and can put pressure on your roof. Once it starts to melt, the water may not be able to easily drain back off of your roof.
Clear the Snow Around Your Home
When snow starts to melt around your foundation, it will soak into the soil, cause erosion, and put pressure on your foundation walls. This can cause cracks in your foundation to form. Speaking of cracks, when moisture gets trapped in the cracks in your foundation and then freezes, it expands and causes the crack to get worse. Treat snow as you would rainwater when it comes to your foundation, and keep it as far away from your home as possible.
It may not be possible to clean all of the snow around your home. By directing and clearing as much of it away from your home as possible, you can help minimize the amount of water that starts to collect as it melts.
Snow and winter weather can be beautiful, but can be just as destructive as any storm. If your home succumbs to any leaks or burst pipes due to winter weather, then don’t hesitate to call us at ABCO Restoration. We can help take care of any water damage that has occurred. You can’t prevent all damage, but taking as many precautions as you reasonably can will help save you a larger repair bill. Don’t let water damage get worse – give us a call today!