Heavy snow, freezing temperatures, and strong winds can cause lots of trouble and damage to your property. When cold weather approaches its time to give your home some TLC. Get familiar on the top three causes for water damage to your home or business during the winter.
Frozen pipes are the most common cause for water damage during the winter. When water freezes, the pipes will expand and then crack or break. Insulating the pipe has been the number one protection against broken pipes. Pipe sleeves/insulation can be purchased at any local hardwood store or online. Experts also suggest to allow your faucet to drip during subfreezing temperatures. Dripping the smallest amount of water during the temperature drop allows the water to run through the pipes without it freezing. Lastly, leave the bathroom and kitchen cabinets open to allow air to circulate around the pipes. If you noticed that your pipes have become frozen, you can apply a towel soaked in hot water around the pipes to gently thaw the frozen pipes along with letting your faucet drip.
Ice dams are formed when water from the melting snow freezes into ice at the edge of your roof. This can cause damage to your roof, gutters, and will cause water leaks into your home. Minimize the heat source in the attic by sealing proper amounts of insulations in the attic floor to avoid air leaks. Keep your gutters clean and maintained. Water has nowhere to go it the gutters are clogged.
Melted snow can impact any home or business. Over time the snow will melt and the water will soak into the foundation, basement, or crawl space and will cause damage to the inside of your property. You will want to shovel the snow away from the property to avoid water leaking into the property.
There are many tips available to help homeowners to prevent winter water damage Chicago, just make the effort to avoid them and it can save you thousands of dollars in property restoration.