Winter is a season of many great things. From Thanksgiving dinner to Christmas morning to New Year’s Eve, this is the time of year we get together with loved ones, celebrate how lucky we are, and look forward to the future. However, one thing you don’t want to have to deal with in the future, or the present, is water damage—and winter water damage in particular can be devastating. The good news is that here in the state of Florida, we don’t have to worry about freezing temperatures, which means we are able to steer clear of most snow and ice-related disasters. Yet for those who live in colder parts of the country, or even Florida homeowners that experience a bout of bad luck, winter water damage can end up ruining the whole season. Keep reading to learn how to prevent winter water damage in your home, and remember that for all your water damage needs, you can always count on our experts at FP Property Restoration.
5 Ways to Keep Your Home Water Damage-Free This Winter
- Watch Out for Frozen Pipes: When temperatures dip low enough, the water in your pipes may start to freeze, eventually causing them to expand and burst. This is why it’s extremely important to do everything in your power to ensure your pipes don’t freeze if you live in a climate where this is a possibility. Try to seal all cracks and holes in your foundation as much as possible to prevent this from happening, especially in areas where your pipes are particularly vulnerable to the outdoors. It is a good idea to put insulation around your pipes too, depending on where they are located. You should also empty any water out of exterior faucets when the season starts and disconnect all hoses. And finally, try to maintain a consistent thermostat temperature in your home.
- Stop Ice Dams from Forming: Ice dams form when the snow on our roof melts and then turns to ice, resulting in those icicle-like spikes you see hanging from roofs in the winter. Ice dams are very dangerous, so if you have ever experienced them on your property in the past, you should take care to have your roof inspected at the start of the season. Clearing out gutters and making sure your shingles are all correctly installed can go a long way to preventing ice dams from forming. It is also important to make sure that your attic is properly insulated, so it maintains a consistent temperature, while also checking that there is enough ventilation up there, so warm air can escape through the eaves.
- Prepare for the Spring Thaw: When a ton of snow and ice accumulates on top of your home, and then warmer temperatures start to melt it in spring, water can end up seeping through the roof and causing major damage to your property. We suggest clearing any snow off your roof before the season is over if possible, or even hiring a professional to do this for you. It is also a good idea to remove any snow near your foundation, as this is another area where the thaw can result in serious water damage. On top of this, you should try to keep your sewers clear of snow and debris, and check your basement often for leaks (assuming you have one.)
- Keep an Eye Out for Leaks: This is a good thing to do at any time of the year, but depending on where you live, it is extremely important to keep your eyes peeled for leaks during the winter. If you notice condensation in a place it shouldn’t be, whether that’s your pipes, your windows, or your walls, do not be afraid to call for an inspection. You should also check your water supply lines occasionally, and if you want to be extra careful, install a leak detector to let you know when something is amiss.
- Check Your Insurance Policy: As we’ve talked about on this blog before, getting your homeowners insurance to pay for water damage can be tricky. Therefore, if you live in a home that is more likely to experience water damage this winter, it is a smart idea to check your insurance policy before the season starts. At FP Property Restoration, we will do everything we can to help you receive maximum compensation for water damage. But dealing with insurance providers is often arduous, and the last thing you want to do is assume something is covered when it is not.