How to Prevent Water Damage from a Winter Storm

Along with whiteout winter weather and freezing cold temps, wintertime brings an increased risk of water damage to homes and businesses. But you’re in luck! The Franchise Professionals at SERVPRO of Cape May & Cumberland Counties have four tips to help prevent water damage this season. So, pull up a seat and take note. Here’s what to know.

Ways to Proactively Stop Water Damage from a Winter Storm

Clean Your Gutters

Ice dam formations are typically admired in the form of icicles, but there’s nothing to be admired about potential water damage. When gutters are clogged, melted snow cannot pass through the drainage system and freezes, creating dams. When these dams melt, they can damage your roof, enter your home, and cause structural damage or mold.  To prevent water damage, clean out gutters at the start of the season to ensure proper flow. 

Inspect Your Roof

Winter storms can be especially brutal to the roof of your house, as the whipping wind and heavy snow can lead to more pressing dangers like roof leaks and mold. Heavy snow can even bear down on a roof enough to concave, leaving your home in devastation. To prevent water damage on an outdated roof, be aware of what’s overhead. Have your roof inspected before the worst of winter comes.

Insulate Pipes

As winter creeps its way into our homes, it’s common for low temperatures to cause pipes to freeze, which can lead to a multitude of issues. To prevent water damage from frozen pipes, make sure walls and exposed pipes are properly insulated before the season hits. If temperatures are freezing or you won’t be home for a day or two, let your faucets drip and open the cabinets under sinks to let warmer air reach the pipes. A detection system can also be installed to monitor water pressure and shut off water if it detects a leak or blockage.

Turn Off Water Sources

Before a winter storm, turn off all outdoor hoses and spigots to help prevent water damage. If they freeze, this could lead to issues for your outdoor water system, so make sure to let the hose drain of any leftover water before you tuck it away for the winter. You will be thanking yourself later when your hoses are ready to water budding plants in the spring!

Has your home been affected by water damage? The Franchise Professionals at SERVPRO of Cape May & Cumberland Counties work around-the-clock to provide 24-hour emergency care. Contact them directly by calling 609-624-0202.

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