Winter can be one of the most challenging times for many homeowners. Severe storms are more frequent during winter, which can cause a lot of anxiety. However, even when the storm does pass, your home may still be susceptible to damage, such as water damage. Water damage is one of the most common causes of insurance claims in the winter. Shifting temperatures, snow, and ice are elements that put your home at risk.
Learning about the risks of water damage can protect your home, property, family, and investments. While there are many reasons for winter water damage, these are the most common culprits
An ice dam is a ridge of ice that forms on the edge of a roof and prevents water and melting snow from draining off of the roof. They occur when heavy snow buildup melts during the day and then refreezes when temperatures drop overnight. After several days of melting-freezing cycles, it’s common for the melted water and ice to work up under the shingles until water enters the attic and eventually does damage to the ceilings, walls, and contents.
To avoid ice dams from forming, keep snow off the roof by cleaning it daily with a snow rake. Additionally, you will want to ensure that the gutters are clean of debris and icicles. Evaluate the insulation and ventilation in your attic as well.
Burst pipes are among the most common reasons for water damage in a home, no matter the season. However, during the frigid months, there is a high likelihood of pipes freezing and bursting. Contrary to popular belief though, pipes don’t usually burst because of the expanding ice. Rather, building pressure between a faucet and an ice blockage will do the trick.
Keeping pipes warm during freezing periods is essential to avoid water damage. Insulating them is a great, inexpensive way to ensure that the pipes are always snug. Before winter starts, inspect the home to see what needs to be insulated to ensure no problems will befall.
In addition, making sure the property is never frigid is very important. Though it may seem more expensive to keep the heat running, it will prevent the building from getting too cold and causing potential freezes in the pipes. While out of the home, keep the indoor temperature at a minimum of 55 degrees to ensure that nothing gets too cold.
During the winter, it is very common to see temperatures fluctuate quickly. Some days it is warmer than others, causing snow to melt during the day. Throughout the winter, make sure that you are continually cleaning off your roof and away from your home. You will also need to shovel it away from your home to avoid flooding. You will need to check your basement floors, walls, windows, and doors to ensure that everything is properly sealed to prevent water from getting in. Without proper drainage solutions, this water can pool around your home’s foundation and even seep into your home.
Though you can take all the preventative measures there are, unforeseen problems can still inadvertently happen. At that point, it is completely out of your control. However, water damage restoration professionals are readily available year-round to help with any damage that might occur to your home. No matter the cause, professionals at TCM Restoration will be able to restore your home affected by water damage for a safe, warm winter.