For homeowners who have spent a few winter seasons in Maryland, you may remember historic low temperatures reaching into the negatives and record snowfalls of 25 inches. It’s no secret that Maryland winters are particularly icy and cold, which can mean an increased risk for water damage in your home. If your home is hit with large amounts of snowfall and cold temperatures, you may experience water damage. This water damage can occur from pipes freezing, water getting bogged up, and roof leaks. If you’re a victim of winter water damage this season, North Arundel Contracting can help remediate your home with water damage restoration services. Here are a top few causes of winter water damage and what you can do to avoid them.
Winter Water Damage Culprit #1: Frozen Pipes
Frozen pipes are one of the leading causes of water damage around wintertime. If any of your pipes become frozen, they can quickly build up pressure and burst, which can result in flooding in your home. It’s essential to properly insulate all of your pipes, whether they’re inside your house or located on the exterior of your home. By insulating your pipes, you can provide them with an extra barrier of protection from dropping temperatures and ice cold snow.
Leaky Roofs from Ice Buildup
If ice builds up on your roof and becomes too heavy with pressure, you may end up with a roof leak, especially if you have gutters filled with leaves that haven’t been cleaned for the winter. A leaking roof can cause incredible damage to the exterior of your home, and may even potentially lead to structural damage. To avoid a leaking roof this winter, ensure that your gutters are cleared out before the first frost hits.
Outside Water Spigots
Did you know that outdoor water spigots are particularly susceptible to freezing temperatures? Outdoor water spigots are more exposed to environmental elements like snow, freezing temperatures, or rain. If your outdoor water spigot isn’t insulated, it can freeze and burst, potentially leading to immense water damage and structural damage to the foundation of your home. If this happens, contact North Arundel Contracting for water damage restoration services. We can help!
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