Flood damage is every homeowner’s worst nightmare. The mere thought of water flooding your property, whether from a leaking pipe, a damaged appliance, a broken pipe, or a disastrous storm, makes a house owner shudder. Protecting your property from water damage is important year around, but there are additional issues during the winter season.
These are the things you could do if you want to keep your home safe. Here are tips from our experts at Restoration 1 of Birmingham to help you reduce the risk of water or flood damage to your home.
Frozen pipes in your home are no fun. They can cause expensive damage and pose a risk of mold growth. During the winter, pipes in attics, crawl spaces, and outside walls are susceptible to freezing and bursting. When the temperature drops below freezing, water will freeze and expand. Because the pipes are tight, they are prone to bursting when subjected to excessive expansion.
Insulate pipes that are in contact with cold air. Make sure that all of the pipes are protected. Also, during extremely cold weather, keep your faucet open to relieve pressure moving through the pipe.
Water heaters typically have a lifespan of eight to twelve years. However, if not properly maintained, sediments can accumulate within the tank and cause it to corrode. This could end up causing your water heater to drip or overflow.
A leaky water heater can do a lot of damage. To avoid this, inspect your water heater on a regular basis for accumulating water on the stand it sits on or on the tank’s top. Check for moisture around the plumbing connections as well.
Your property’s exterior doors could already have weatherstripping installed. But, weatherstripping can deteriorate over time. As a result, air and moisture may enter your home. Moisture could damage the door, door casing, walls, and flooring if it gets in. Mold can also grow.
Weatherstripping is cost-effective and is available at most house improvement and hardware stores. It is simple to install and will last for a long time before you need to replace it.
It is easy to overlook your property’s gutters, yet they are an essential part of roof maintenance. Water can’t flow properly through gutters that are clogged with foliage, debris, and other wreckage. As ice and snow melt, they can accumulate on your roof and ultimately cause leaks.
Ensure you clean your gutters so that they function properly throughout the cold weather. Contact a roofing expert if you are unsure about doing the job on your own or if you are limited on time.
Heavy downpours and melting snow can overload the stormwater system, causing sewage or water to back up into your home. Sewer and drain backups are typically not covered by your property insurance. Consider getting a battery-powered backup for your home’s sump pump in case the power goes out.
Keep an eye out for weather that could cause damage to your Pelham property. Winter storms, rainstorms, tornadoes, and other extreme weather conditions can cause significant damage to your property. As soon as you notice unexplained water in your household, call Restoration 1 of Birmingham for effective water damage cleanup services. Call us today.