Winter the most wonderful time of the year, a period of peace to enjoy the crisp calmness. However, a combination of snow, ice, water, and wind can have devastating impacts on your home as well as your household’s budget this season. Your home is susceptible to significant water damage any time of the year, but in winter, the effects are heightened.
As it gets colder, freezing pipes expand, and the cold temperature often forces pipe seals to break or crack, and in a matter of minutes, your home can be exposed to significant water damage. Fortunately for you, there are precautions you can take to avoid unplanned expenses and inconveniences caused by winter damage, and even help you save on heating costs.
Its common knowledge that water expands as it freezes, meaning if there is water inside your pipes, it will, too, forcing your pipes to burst or seals to break. Your pipes will also burst if water pressure builds up behind a chunk of ice, which is why it is a good idea to leave your faucets dripping when the weather is cold. A burst pipe can lead to massive water damage on your property.
The following steps will help winterize your pipes and potentially avoid catastrophic water damage:
Pro tip: Find out the location of your water shutoff valve and if you can turn it off in case of an emergency. Its normally buried near the road or located in your basement.
Ice dams will form when heat escapes through your roof melting snow that’s grouped there. The melted snow will flow to the edge of your roof and refreeze, normally at the eaves. These icicles are normally a sign of an ice dam underneath. The main problem here is when the snow later melts, it won’t be able to properly drain. In most cases, the melted ice will drain through a leak in your roof, causing water damage in your home. Fortunately for you, the following simple steps before temperatures drop below zero will go a long way in preventing ice dams.
Contact us today in case you need a professional specialist to winterize or restore your water damaged home. Our technicians will be more than glad to help you winterize your home this season.