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Ways to Prevent Water Damage this Winter

Water damage is never a fun issue to work around no matter where or when it occurs. Inclement weather often brings an increased danger of residential flooding that leads to home water damage. With excess rainfall in the Spring and Fall, we see many wet basements.

An unexpected time for water damage is during the winter. Winter water invasion can have severe impacts on your home. Let’s go through some of the most common reasons for water damage during the winter.

Frozen Pipes

Ice can form on water supply lines. This ice formation can increase water pressure to levels up to 2,000 p.s.i. Pipes at this high of pressure levels risk rupturing and pouring gallons of water per hour into your home.

You can help prevent frozen pipes by adding a layer of insulation around the most likely to freeze areas, such as attics or crawl spaces. If there are extreme drops in temperature, allow a facet to drip so you can check whether your pipes have frozen. If the water stops, call a professional immediately.

Ice Dams

As if piles of snow on your roof weren’t bad enough, ice dams can form leading to water infiltration. Ice dams form when the snow melts on your roof due to hot spots in your attic. The melted snow then dribbles down to colder areas and freezes again.

This refrozen water can stop the flow of snow, ice, and water through gutters. The more water pooling on your roof, the more likely it will find gaps in your shingles or sub-roofing to drip into your attic.

Don’t worry, stop the problem before the water has a chance to pool. Prevent ice dams from forming by spreading out the heat in your attic through proper ventilation. Seal up any cracks or openings with caulk.

Snow Melt

After a snowfall, temperatures can go up and down causing melting and freezing. This temperature variation can cause snow or ice to melt and then trickle into your house, causing damage on the way inside the cracks.

Prevent water damage from snow melts by shoveling snow away from your house. It may be necessary to shovel snow from areas with grass underneath.

Contact our team of professional water damage restoration experts to have your home or business inspected and fixed promptly. At the first sign of water, make us your first call! We're available 24/7 and will immediately mobilize to protect your property. Contact us today at (248) 655-7100.

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