The leaves have begun to fall off the trees and the weather has noticeably cooled in the Baltimore area. Fall is in full swing, which means winter is right around the corner. Before you know it, Jack Frost will be nipping at your nose. But before that happens, it is important to prepare your home for what’s ahead: freezing cold temperatures and snow.
Avoid Water Damage, Prepare for a Harsh Winter in Baltimore
Climate experts at the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration are predicting another harsh winter here in Baltimore. And the Farmer’s Almanac agrees, calling for a colder than normal and wetter than normal winter. Are you ready? More importantly, is your home ready?
Clean Out Gutters
Gutters are designed for one purpose and one purpose only: to carry water from your roof to a safe, designated area. However, if your gutters are not cleaned regularly they cannot adequately do their job, which can lead to some serious issues, like water damage. Click Hereto learn more.
Trim Tree Branches
When tree branches hang over your home, fence, or power lines, they pose an immediate threat, especially during winter. Under the weight of snow, these branches can snap, damaging your roof, leading to leaks, and eventually water damage.
Seal Cracks in the Foundation
Cracks in your foundation should be sealed to prevent cold air and moisture from finding its way into your basement. Along the same lines, you should caulk and install weather stripping around doors and windows.
In unheated basements and crawlspaces, frozen pipes present a very real water damage threat. Frozen pipes can burst, causing water damage, structural damage, and even mold growth if not rectified right away.Click Hereto learn more.
Inspect Sump Pumps
Your sump pump is your last line of defense against flooding. If your sump pump fails during a storm, water damage could be in your future. In fact, sump pump overflow is one of the leading causes of basement flooding in the Baltimore area. Click Hereto learn more.
Baltimore Water Damage Restoration
Despite your best efforts, water damage can still strike at any time. Fortunately, ServiceMaster of Baltimore is here to help with certified licensed restoration technicians available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year. As an IICRC Certified company, our technicians are trained to identify moisture sources, evaluate mold growth, contain damage, remove contamination, and dry structural materials in an effort to reduce your loss and preserve your property.
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