Tips To Prevent Water Damage In The Winter
With fall here, and winter just around the corner, now is the best time to make sure your home is ready for the Aurora snow. Failure to protect and prepare your home before winter comes could lead to some serious water damage. A frozen pipe can burst and flood your house, or an ice dam in your gutters can cause water to seep into and saturate your walls. We at Team K would like to offer some winter weather preparedness tips you should do in the fall to keep your house safe from water damage.
- Clean out your gutters. Clogged gutters cause ice dams to form when cold weather comes. Gutters channel and direct water away from your home, so when they are blocked or clogged, that water will build up because it has nowhere else to go until it eventually spills over. Before the cold weather comes, inspect your gutters and be sure that they are clear from leaves, sticks, excess dirt, and any other debris.
- Drain all outside hoses. Shut off outside water valves if possible, and have your sprinkler system blown out. Water left stranded in these exterior pipes will freeze as the temperatures drop. Frozen water in pipes causes pressure to build up until the point where pipes burst. Burst pipes = water damage.
- Check the seals around doors and windows. Over time, the weather strips and seals around doors and windows can loosen, deteriorate, or sustain damage. Any gaps, openings, or leaks around these openings allow an entry point for water. You should reapply caulk and weather strips to ensure adequate sealing and protection. Plus, this will help keep heat from escaping your home.
- Inspect the roof for any signs of damage, missing pieces, or leaks. The roof is exposed to some harsh elements in the coming winter months, not to mention the amount of snow that will collect there. If there are any weak, damaged, or missing pieces, you will end up having water damage. It is a good idea to check your roof every fall to avoid having problems in the winter when it is harder to address and fix.
- Maintain trees near and around your home. As tree branches get weighed down with snow and ice, they become a huge risk to your home. Branches that overlay your roof could bend and break under the added weight, falling on your house, and causing major structural damage and water damage to your home. Remove any branches that have the potential to damage your home before they become a more serious problem.
- Wrap water pipes that are in the basement, crawlspace, or attic with insulation sleeves to avoid freezing. Again, frozen pipes mean trouble, so take the measure beforehand to prevent them from freezing.
If you do find your home in Aurora has sustained water damage, Team K Services is the best choice choice when it comes to water damage cleanup. Whether the damage is from a flood, burst pipe, or water leak we will be able to get the problem resolved and have your home back to pre-loss condition as quickly and safely as possible.