3 Causes of Winter Home Floods
Winter weather can be harsh on homes. Between snow, ice, and other unpredictable conditions, your house can take a beating. As a result, it’s not uncommon to experience a flood. Floods can be caused by several different factors, and it’s important to aware of them so you can protect your home. Here are the most common causes.
Frozen pipes. When pipes freeze, the water inside them expands and the pipe can burst and flood your home. Pipes that are most susceptible to freezing are uninsulated and located in areas in your home that may not be heated, such as your basement or attic. To prevent pipes from bursting, make sure your pipes are insulated and your home is kept at warm temperature at all times.
Ice Dams. Ice dams form when your gutters are blocked and water builds up, freezes, and causes a blockage. As snow melts from the roof of your home, it is unable to drain due to the blockage from the ice dam. As a result, the sitting water can get underneath the roof shingles and cause a leak. If undetected, the leak can get worse and eventually cause your home to flood. Keep an eye on your gutters for any formation of ice dams and make a plan for removal.
Pooling Water. When snow melts, it can pool at the base of your home. If your foundation has any cracks or points of entry, water can easily make its way into your basement and flood. Never pile snow up against your home, and always keep an eye out for any large bodies of water forming near your home.
Even if you are vigilant and take all preventative measures, floods can still happen. f your home has experienced flooding, our team can help fix the leak, dry out the space, and restore the area. Don’t hesitate to call us.