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Defending Your Home From Water Damage From Old Man Winter…

Frozen pipes.

Frozen pipes can cause major water damage problems.

Depending on where you live in the country, winter can easily be the most extreme time of year when it comes to the stress placed on your home, as well as the threat posed by water damage as a result.  With cold snaps settling in across the country in recent weeks, the time is growing short to properly prepare your home for the coming months before the spring thaw.

Starting in the attic, make sure you are properly insulated, and repair any holes you find in walls or ceilings.  You should also caulk and seal all windows, vents, pipe openings, crevices, and cracks.  Seal any fan openings with an airtight cover.

Inspect your roof for any loose, damaged, or missing shingles.  The roof is the first line of defense against the elements, and it is a sure bet that any defects will allow access to your home by snow, ice, and rain.

Windows and doors provide the easiest access to your home by the elements, for the simple reason that they open and close, which can cause considerable wear and tear on seals and weather stripping.  Make sure all windows are sealed and that weather stripping is in good condition.  If glass is cracked, replace it, because even a crack can allow condensation to develop inside your home, and it only takes a small amount of moisture to set the stage for mold.

If you have unused rooms, seal them off to help cut down on energy bills with regard to heating.  You can also use sand filled sealer strips under the doors to assist in the sealing.

Make sure your gutters and downspouts are properly cleaned out in the fall and check them again thoroughly before winter sets in.  Gutter systems need to function properly in order to properly drain off rapidly melting snow and ice.

Okay, what about your plumbing?  This is the area where neglect can really cause serious water damage.  You should insulate walls close to cellar pipes as well as any outside wall, and wrap similarly located pipes with insulating materials.  Wrap your hot water heater with a thermal blanket, and have a supply of water stored, both for drinking and household needs, in the event of an outage or other disruption of service.  Know the location of your water main in the event you have to shut it off rapidly, and make sure all garden hoses are properly drained.

In the event of a hard snow, failure to properly clean it up and remove it can also cause water damage once it begins to melt.  Have your snow blower gassed up and in good operating condition, have plenty of shovels on hand, and invest in some good ice melt formulas or even good old fashioned sand to help expedite the melting of snow and ice in targeted locations.

If you have water damage from a burst pipe, flooding or any other source, call Restoration Local 24/7 at 1-888-443-3110 for a free estimate!

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