Winter Water Damage Threats

water cleanup hendersonThe realm of potential water damage threats is greatly expanded during the winter months. Along with typical concerns of leaky pipes, broken appliances, and overflowing sinks, you also need to worry about new problems like frozen pipes, ice dams, and snow buildup. 

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To help you prepare for the winter months and the accompanying water damage threats, here are the main winter water damage threats to be prepared for from our restoration experts at ERX.

Frozen Pipes

It’s impossible to talk about winter water damage without discussing the role of frozen pipes in contributing to water damage. Frozen pipes are a common issue and can lead to anything from a small water damage event to a major water damage disaster. Fortunately, there are several simple things you can do to keep your pipes from freezing.

First, the most common strategy is to set your faucets to a slow steady drip to keep water constantly moving through your pipes. Second, at least at night, open the cabinets that contain your pipes to expose them to the warm air in your house which reduces the likelihood of freezing. Third, wrap insulation around your pipes to trap the heat and keep out the cold. All these things together should keep your pipes from freezing. The main mistake you need to avoid is just forgetting to set your pipes to a drip overnight. Most people suffer from frozen pipes due to this simple mistake. Whatever you can do to help you remember this is well worth the effort!

Ice Dams

Ice dams happen when layers of snow and ice build-up on your roof and in your gutters. They prevent water and melted snow from running off your roof properly. As a result, the water may pool on your roof which may eventually lead to a leak and roof damage.

Hail Damage

Hail comes in many different speeds and sizes. They can damage your siding, gutters, and roof. If large hail is a common issue in your area, you may want to consider replacing your roof with one that is impact-resistant.

Snow Buildup

In large quantities, snow is extremely heavy. As snow gradually builds up on your roof throughout the winter, it puts increasing strain on your roof and shingles. Before long, this can damage your roof and lead to water leaking through your roof down into your home. Snow buildup not on the roof can also be problematic. This is because large piles of snow are really just massive puddles in disguise. If the snow melts quickly, your basement or the crawlspace could flood due to the sudden influx of water.  

Make sure you take the necessary steps before winter begins to keep these winter water damage hazards at bay. Then you can enjoy your holiday season without worrying about a collapsed roof or flooded home. Nonetheless, if your home does sustain any water damage, don’t waste any time before giving us a call at ERX for help.

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