Water damage is, unfortunately, a common occurrence in all seasons – especially winters. Freezing temperature and snowfall may seem enjoyable and fantastic but can put a dent in your pocket. The costly repairs of damaged roofs, walls, and foundations could make the winter season financially challenging for you.
However, by following a few preventative measures, you can prevent snow from ruining your winter season. Check out the following tips from our water damage experts to see what homeowners can do to protect their property this season:
Prevent Pipes from Freezing
Pipes outside your house and in the attic are susceptible to freezing temperatures that could cause them to burst. You can keep them from freezing using different methods. One option is to insulate your pipes with heat tape or any type of insulator.
Seal any visible cracks in your walls or foundation around interior pipes to help prevent freezing. When temperatures are below freezing, allow warm air to circulate around your pipes by opening bathroom and kitchen cabinet doors. Another option is to allow any faucets to drip that are connected to the pipes exposed to the freezing temperatures.
Remove Snow from Your Roof
Replacing the roof can cost you thousands of dollars, so you want to get the most out of its lifetime. When snow accumulates on your roof, it could damage your roofing leading to leaks and water damage. Snow can also form ice dams that not only damage your house but also hurt its curb appeal. Keep your roof clean this season to stay warm and dry inside.
Work on Gutters
Do you remember the last time you cleaned your gutters? If you want to keep moisture at bay this winter, it’s best to clean your gutters during the fall. Your gutter will be free from debris, leaves, and branches, allowing rainwater and melted snow to flow easily.
For extra security, installing gutter guards can be a lifesaver. They prevent objects other than water from getting into gutters and clogging the passage. Lastly, if you haven’t installed a durable gutter system in your house, you need to think about it.
Well-designed gutters offer several features that lower the risk of water damage and clogging problems. Save money on future repairs by opting for a cost-effective and long-term solution.
Trust the Experts
Water damage can damage the foundation of your house, along with walls and roofs. Follow the few prevention tips we listed above to save yourself from great trouble.
If you get caught with water damage this winter, ServiceMaster Restoration by Ideal Group can help! Our disaster restoration experts are available 24/7. Contact us to receive a quote.