Water damage is a problem for homeowners at any time of the year, but it is especially prevalent during the winter. It is incredibly frustrating for homeowners when the freezing snow and cold temperatures lead to water damage.
Here are some tips to help protect your home from water damage this winter.
When water and melting snow cannot flow easily off your roof during the winter, it can create ice dams that damage your roof. This can lead to water leaking underneath the shingles, getting inside, and wreaking havoc on your attic and the possessions kept there. To help water melt off your roof safely, ensure the rain gutters are clear of leaves and debris.
One common cause of water damage during the winter is pipes freezing and bursting. An excellent way to help prevent this is to insulate any exposed pipes to keep them warmer and make it harder for the water inside to freeze. You can find materials to insulate your pipes at a hardware store.
Another way to protect your pipes and appliances is to ensure your home does not get too cold inside. The average temperature in Logan during winter is typically 34 degrees Fahrenheit, putting your pipes at risk of freezing. Even if you plan to go out of town, keep your heat on because your pipes will freeze. Running it at a lower temperature, like 55 degrees Fahrenheit, will do enough and save you money while you are gone. It is also helpful to have a thermostat that allows you to schedule the temperature at different times of day.
Keeping your attic and crawlspace insulated not only helps you prevent water damage in your home but also saves money and energy. The heat in your home will seep into these places, even though you likely do not need them to be as warm as other areas in your house where you spend more time. Adding insulation to these rooms keeps the warm air in the rest of your home. It also helps protect your roof, prevent ice dams from forming, and help keep moisture out.
Heavy snowfall can lead to window wells filling with lots of snow. This puts a significant amount of pressure on windows and can lead to water leaking inside. You likely are not planning on opening your windows during the winter, so you can replace your window screens with storm windows to add an extra layer of protection and keep water outside. Keep an eye out for any cracks around your windows, and add some extra caulk to keep your home warm and dry.
If you experience water damage in your Logan home this winter, be sure to call Sierra Restoration to help you get it cleaned up. Our team of experts is ready to help you with your water damage restoration needs and help
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