3 Winter Problems that Lead to Water Damage
Ice and snow in the winter bring new opportunities for water damage. Freezing temperatures and thawing can cause serious problems to your home if you aren’t diligent about preparing for the cold weather. Here are a few things to keep your eye on as the temperatures drop this season.
1. Frozen pipes. One of the most common water-related problems in the winter is frozen pipes. When the temperature drops below freezing, the water in your pipes can freeze and cause the pipes to burst. This causes a huge hole in the pipe, resulting in a flooded home. If you are out of town, make sure to always leave your heating on to prevent water from freezing.
2. Leaking water heater. When the outdoor temperature drops, the temperature of your home’s cold water drops as well. As a result, it takes more energy to heat up hot water inside of your home. If your water heater is old, the extra energy usage over time can cause it to break down and leak. Check your water heater regularly in the cold months to prevent any leaks from occurring,
3. Clogged gutters. When gutters are full of debris, they can’t function properly. Water can overflow over the sides causing a pool at the foundation of your home. This can result in a flooded basement. Make sure to always clean out your gutters before the winter season starts to prevent any potential problems.
Vigilance and proper prevention can help prevent your home from water damage this winter, but accidents can always happen. If you have experienced water damage, our 24/7 emergency team is ready to help at anytime of the day. We’ll repair the problem and get your home looking as good as new.