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How To Prevent Water Damage During Winter?
For us to survive in this world, water is very necessary, however, sometimes water can prove to be a hurdle that can lead to rotting of wood, pipe bursts, and insect manifestation and so on. This usually becomes worse in areas where winters go in negative degrees. The best way to avoid any water damage is to first inspect all the areas that are prone to damage, especially in winters, such as the exteriors of the house.
Some common places where water incursion takes place are the windows, doors, roofs, exterior walls, foundation, plumbing and areas prone to termites. To prevent water leaking in through windows and doors, frequently check for leaks around these areas. Ensure that there is no peeling of paint in the house, which is usually the first sign of water damage. Restore or mend roof shingles around any place where water has a tendency to leak. Since exteriors are generally the first place that gets attacked by water, check for any cracks in the foundation and exterior of the house and seal any holes in the outer walls, roof or foundation. Woods that are infested by termites become weak and hence, are easily damaged by water during winters, therefore, repair any walls or floors dented by termites.
Any damage by rain, leaks and snowmelt can be prevented in the future through regular inspection and an efficient maintenance system. Countries with freezing temperatures usually suffer from pipe bursts due to frozen pipes or snow buildup. To prevent this, protect all available pips through pipe insulation that can be found at local hardware shops. Also, close all entry, exit and garage doors, especially those that do not have access to any heat, during winter months. Keep a check on the weather for any extremities. If the temperature drops below than normal, let all the faucets drip to avoid freezing of pipes and in case the pipe does get frozen, relieve the pressure accumulation in the pipes between the faucet and frost blockage.
Ice dams happen when the snow on the roof melts, due to the heat from inside, and refreeze on the edge of the roof, which then bocks drainage of the water that in turn leads the water to leak into the house causing expensive damage. To prevent the formation of ice dams, ensure your attic is well ventilated so that less snow melts on the roof and thus reduce ice dams. Also, regularly clean gutters so that the water can flow through it easily. You can also install gutter guards to prevent debris from entering the gutters and finally keep the level of heating in your attic less so that the snow on the roof melts slowly.
Finally, when the weather becomes warm and the snow starts melting, ensure that it does not get blocked. Shovel the snow in front of your house regularly to avoid any of it leaking into your home. Moreover, while we cannot control the weather, we can certainly prevent it from causing any damage to the home that we love so much.
However, regular wear and tear may consequence in relentless damage to our home. In such scenarios, take help from water damage restoration services in your town.
Greg is the owner of Heaven’s Best Carpet Cleaning Seattle. His wide experience in the domain makes him an expert on matters related to cleaning of carpets, tiles, leather and floor. He is also highly enthusiastic about the employment of modern technology in the industry.
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