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Tips for Preventing Winter Water Damage

Accumulation of snow and freezing winter temperatures could cause serious water damage to your home. Roofs can leak because of snow, gutters can clog from debris, and ice dams can form on your roof, resulting in expensive and long-term damage. Practice these safety measures from our water damage repair experts to enjoy the beautiful season without any problems:

Protect Your Pipes

It’s unfortunately very common for a pipe to burst or freeze in the winter. It typically happens in exterior walls, crawl spaces, and attics vulnerable to cold temperatures. To avoid these problems, examine your home and seal all holes and cracks in the walls and water pipes.

For extra security, you can insulate pipes in unheated areas, such as your basement, attic, garage, bathroom cabinets, and under the kitchen. Set your thermostat at the same temperature throughout the night and day to keep your pipes from freezing.

Clean Downspouts and Gutters

Gutters and downspouts get quickly clogged during the fall season because of falling leaves and debris. This results in overflowing downspouts and gutters, which can quickly lead to a water-damaged foundation.

Your downspouts and gutters should be installed to direct water away from the roof, walls, and basement of your house. When water doesn’t flow away, it accumulates, leading to leaks inside your house. It could seep through your walls and cause damage to your home’s foundation. Clean your clogged gutters and downspouts regularly to prevent avoidable water damage.

Remove Snow from Roof

Accumulation of snow on your roof can damage your home. Not only this, but an ice dam can develop when the heat from your attic melts the snow on your roof. This melted snow can freeze again.

You can prevent this problem by insulating your attic. When your attic is properly ventilated, the heat doesn’t escape. However, it’s also vital to remove the snow regularly to reduce the risk of ice dam formation and contain the damage.

Install Gutter Guards

If your gutters have not been blocked, you got lucky, and you should install gutter guards as soon as possible. Gutter guards are ideal for keeping leaves and branches away from your gutters. They have multiple tiny holes that offer space for the rainwater and melted snow to flow from the roof without damaging your home’s structure.

Trust the Experts

Keeping your roof clean, maintaining your gutters and downspouts, and keeping your pipes in good condition are essential to avoiding winter water damage. If you get caught with water damage this season, contact the experts at ServiceMaster Advantage. Our team is available 24/7. Contact us to receive a quote.

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