It always seems like the summer goes by too quickly in Baltimore, and now homeowners already have to start preparing for winter water damage.
Fortunately, ServiceMaster of Baltimore has a few helpful tips that can prevent water damage from ruining your home in the winter. Let’s take a look at some of the necessities in preventing winter water damage.
Prepare Your Pipes for Winter Water Damage
You’ve probably been warned since a kid not to let the pipes in a home freeze. You may have even seen some of the backlash from a frozen pipe first hand. Water will expand when it freezes, which causes your pipes to burst and spray water. This is difficult to deal with if you’re home, but imagine all the chaos a busted pipe can cause if you’re at work and away for several hours. The first thing you want to do is insulate pipes in unconditioned areas like attics, basements, garages and crawl spaces. You also need to drain your water sprinkler supply lines.
Prevent Winter Water Damage by Cleaning Your Gutters
Your roof is designed to have water flow into one area. With excessive snow and ice, however, a clogged gutter can’t support the snow and ice when it melts. When several inches of snow accumulate on your roof, something known as an ice dam can form. If this runoff gets stuck in your gutters, frozen water can start to form the “dam” and block melted snow from properly flowing off your roof. The water can get under your shingles and into your attic. Make sure your gutters are clean before we get hit with snow!
Check the Foundation and Perimeter to Prevent Water Damage
Water can easily find its way into a home if there are cracks or damage to the foundation and perimeter of your home. If you know there are spots where the water will pool near your home, there’s a very good chance that water will get into cracks and cause significant water damage to your home. If you have an issue before, during or after winter, make sure to call ServiceMaster of Baltimore.
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Hopefully you have found our blog, “Preventing Winter Water Damage in Baltimore,” informative and helpful. Continue to check back weekly for more helpful tips.