Winter is officially here. While Texas isn’t known for having the most severe winter weather, there are still hazards to consider. The coldest months of the year often bring an increase in water damage. From freezing temperatures to rain and high winds, make sure your home is prepared to withstand the next storm. ServiceMaster Advantage compiled the following tips to help you avoid the most common winter water damages.
Exposed water pipes are susceptible to freezing especially overnight. Look for these pipes in your basement, attic or crawl spaces. Insulation will not only prevent them from freezing but it will also lower your hot water bill. You can use pipe wrap, spray foam or foam pipe covers to insulate water pipes.
An easy way to prevent winter weather from wreaking havoc on your home is to weatherstrip windows and doors. This prevents cold air and moisture from seeping into your home through small cracks and openings. You can find weather stripping at your local home improvement store.
Rain, ice and high winds can all cause damage to your home. Before the next storm check your roof for missing shingles, cracks around your chimney or any other exterior damage. Don’t forget to maintain your sump pump.
Winter weather can cause flooding, icy roads or power outages that might affect your daily routine. Keep some emergency supplies in your home and car just in case you’re stuck for a few hours or even a few days without access to a grocery store or your typical belongings. Your emergency kit should contain:
ServiceMaster Advantage is your local disaster restoration expert in Harris, Montgomery and Galveston Counties. We hope the tips above help you avoid winter water hazards. Contact us if you experience a fire, smoke or water damage. Homeowners rely on us every day for our full array of services. Our team will repair your property in a timely manner, keep you informed the whole way through and ensure the job is done right.
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