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Preventing Winter Water Damage

Those who have experienced winter water damage know that restoring a home or commercial space can be very difficult. Harsh winter weather can make repair work slow. Ice settling indoors can cause further damage to a home’s structure and prized personal possessions. Normal work schedules are halted until things can be brought back to normal. A lot can be done to prevent winter water damage, though. Simple steps heading into seasonal change, and winterizing homes and other buildings, will save a lot of heartache. Here are a few tips on what you can do to prevent winter water damage.

Winterproof Your Home or Business

Winterproofing your building can help prevent water damage in your home or office. Sealing open doorways and windows will help stop any leaks from coming in. Sealants are readily available at most home-improvement stores. Insulate any exposed water or drain pipes. Pipes should be wrapped with electrical heating tape and then covered with foam insulation. Pipes in unheated areas of a house, like in an unfinished basement, are at greatest risk of bursting. If possible, shut off the water supply to outdoor faucets. Make sure gutters are clean. This needs to be regularly checked in the winter so an ice dam doesn’t cause water buildup. Before any severe winter weather, it’s also a great idea to get your roof checked for any cracks or leaks. If you’re planning on going on a winter vacation, it’s recommended that all water sources are shut off until you return.

Weather Reports Will Warn of Water Damage

Homeowners and business owners should stay on top of weather reports during the winter. TV channels are good at giving weather warnings when floods are anticipated as a result of heavy rain or snow. When heavy snowfall occurs, water damage is possible for a few days after because of higher water levels and runoff when the snow melts. Flood and heavy precipitation warnings will make you glad you took steps to winterize your home or building. If your home or office is at a heightened risk of flood damage during heavy rain or snow, extra precautions like building temporary barriers in doorways and windows will help.

Ask a Professional to Take a Look

A lot of damage restoration companies will help homes and businesses make sure they are prepared for winter. A technician can do a full inspection of your home. They will be able to tell you specific things you can do to prevent water damage and protect your home or business. The restoration team at Kelley Klean has been helping clients avoid water damage for years. Get in touch today if you’re interested in talking about what you can do to prevent water damage this winter, or need water damage repairs.