If you thought the only time water damage could happen was during severe summer storms, you are wrong. Winter can be just as bad or be the cause for Springtime issues. Winter is also a popular time for fires.
The frigid temperatures of winter are slowly creeping up on us. Soon we’ll have snow and ice and it will be too cold and possibly too late to winterize your home. Why would you winterize if you’ve never had problems in the past? The simple answer is that you may have never had a power outage during a blizzard or it hasn’t gotten cold enough. Consider what happens when there is a power outage. Your home gets cold and can’t keep the plumbing warm enough to keep them from freezing. Once they do, there is a good chance they will crack. When the power returns and your home heating restores the temperature in the house, the pipes will thaw and water will drain out the cracks caused by the freeze. You can avoid this mess by buying pipe insulation at your local home improvement store.
Winter Water Damage Prevention
- Make sure you change your furnace filter frequently. A clogged filter makes your furnace work harder resulting in it running more often. Not only does this cost you more money, but it increases the chances of starting a fire.
- Clear away anything flammable from your furnace. Keep everything at least a 6 feet away.
- Check your smoke alarms and replace batteries. Consider a smoke detector that works on AC power and battery backup.
- Check your fireplace and chimney. Make sure there are no rodents or birds living there.
- Get your chimney cleaned if you haven’t done so in a while.
- Water your Christmas tree daily. A 6ft tree can take a gallon or more per day.
- If you clean your fireplace, be sure the ashes are completely extinguished before disposing of them. If unsure, douse with water.
Spring Water Damage Prevention
- Disconnect and drain your garden hose so it doesn’t freeze and damage your hose. Store your garden hose in the garage after all the water has drained from it.
- Make sure your gutters are clean and free of debris. If water is unable to drain into the downspouts, it will drain over the side and down by your home foundation.
- Make sure all debris is removed from around the base of your home.
- Plumbing that is close to external walls above the freeze line should be wrapped with insulation.
- Outdoor water faucets should be checked for leaks and repaired.
If you are not sure how to do any of these things, give us a call.