Thursday, November 5, 2020

How Likely Is Winter Water Damage?


It’s not often you think of water damage happening in the winter, given that we get so much rain in spring and summer. But, it’s more likely than you may think. With snow storms and freezing nights, homes might be more prone to having to deal with winter water damage. Keep a lookout for these signs and how it may occur. 

Frozen Pipes

So often frozen pipes occur when people have no water flow in their plumbing. If too much ice builds up, the pipes can break easily. If water starts the flow again, it will slip right through those breaks and flood different areas of your home if you don’t spot it right away. It’s suggested that you insulate those pipes, keep the cabinet door open, or use a slow drip in your bath to ease water out gently.

Ice Dams

This occurs when one side of your roof is warmer than the other. In the case of a snow shower or water freezing overhead, one side will melt faster than the other. The water then slips down to the cooler side and freezes there, which will cause the water to pool into the shingles of your roof and bring damage to your attic. This often happens if there is excess warmth in your attic caused by poor insulation. 

Results After Snow

Then, the most common issue most homeowners will see, is the after effects of snow melting. It drips down your gutters, windows, and roofing. If too much water seeps into one area, this could become a weak point and be the starting center for water damage. It’s best to keep a careful watch on your home if snow melts very quickly after a storm.

Cleaning and taking care of your home after a water damage mishap can be difficult to deal with, and it is often best to bring in some professionals to help. Contact GreenPro Cleaning and Restoration to take care of your ducts, attics, crawl spaces, and water damage needs.

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