Yes, winter is still some time away in Maryland. However, it’s never too early to begin thinking about preventative measures. Water damage is inconvenient and costly during any time of the year. The biting cold and freezing temperatures that come in the winter could lead to severe water damage in your home. Here are some of the top causes of water damage in the winter season, and the steps you can take to prevent them before the cold arrives.
The most common homeowner fear during the winter season is a burst pipe. Water freezes up in the pipelines causing a blockage. As water continues to try to move through the pipes, internal pressure builds up until it finally ruptures. Depending on the placement of the burst pipe, you may be facing water damage in the walls, in the ceilings, or a flooded basement.
For vacant or seasonal residences, remember to shut off the water supply and drain the pipes. Otherwise, allow your faucets to drip when the forecast predicts freezing temperatures. A dripping tap can help to relieve any pressure buildup if the pipes freeze. Additionally, consider installing pipe insulation onto exposed pipes in the attic or crawl spaces.
Roof and Gutter Ice Dams
Ice dams can form on the roof or in the gutters. Water runs down the roof or gutters but refreezes in colder areas, creating an ice dam. Because the water can continue to flow down the roof or into the roof gutters, the water pools. Roofing is meant to direct water off the top of the house. However, now the pooling water can seep in through the shingles and damage the attic.
To prevent ice dams, make sure your attic is properly insulated to avoid excess heat from causing uneven snow melting on your roof. Check for any cracks or leaks. Moreover, make sure to clean out your gutters this fall. You want to clear out any potential obstructions to the flow of water.
Throughout mid to late-winter, you might think the worst of winter water damage is behind you. Well, you need to be wary of when all the snow and ice melts too. If your house foundation or basement has cracks or gaps, the melted snow water that seeps into the ground around your home can leak into your home.
To reduce the risk of damage from melting snow, try to shovel snow away from the house before it gets warm enough to melt. Inspect your home exterior and interior for cracks and seal them up. Additionally, make sure your sump pump is working.
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