During the winter, your home can be especially vulnerable to water damage. Water damage can come from flooding, costly infrastructure damage, and even mold growth. This kind of damage can wreak havoc on your home, cause odor, and even impact your home’s resale value. Looking out for common causes of water damage during the winter months is key to preventing these issues in your home. Luckily, we’ve got some helpful tips for staying vigilant about water damage this winter, so look for these common causes of winter water damage to your Ilchester home.
Water leaks –even minor ones– can cause severe damage over time to your home. This can come in the form of basement water damage, where runoff and groundwater enter windows and cracks in your home’s basement level. Be sure to look for cracks around doors, windows, and walls, as well as having your pipes inspected for leaks annually. When you call a professional for a regular leak checkup, you can make sure that your water supply lines, washing machine hoses, and standard plumbing pipes are all ready to handle the winter season.
Winter months bring harsher weather than any other time of year. This means heavy rain and precipitation, melting snow, and freezing soil. This can overburden your drainage system, causing drain and sewage backups to damage your plumbing system. To be prepared for sewage and drain backups, it’s a good idea to have a battery power backup for your sump pump. You should also consider getting insurance coverage for backups since standard homeowner’s insurance does not typically cover them.
One of the most important ways to ensure your home is safe from water damage in the winter is to inspect the roof of your home. Roof damage, caused by heavy snow, backed up gutters, and frozen and expanding leaks can result in devastating flooding, leaks, and infrastructure damage to your home. Clean out your gutters regularly to clear them of any debris and leaves, and have your roof properly inspected to make sure it can handle harsh winter conditions.
When your pipes freeze in the winter, they can crack, leak, and burst. This can cause flooding and mold growth that can be difficult and expensive to fix. By insulating your pipes in areas like crawlspaces and the attic, and keeping cabinets open that cover pipes, you can help to prevent frozen pipes.
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If you have even more questions about water damage and its associated repair services or if you want the professionals to take care of it for you, you can trust North Arundel Contracting. Reach us by telephone at 410-766-2855 or by fax at 410-553-2367 and visit us online. Shoot us an email at [email protected] and for after-hours emergencies, page us at 410-541-0328. To find out what we are up to, or for more tips and tricks, follow us on Pinterest, Facebook, Twitter, and LinkedIn.