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Winter Water Hazards and How to Avoid Them

Winter water damage is a real concern, as the wet and intense amount of snow and ice that comes during the winter season can become a problem. Many threats can put your home at risk of winter damage during the winter, but you can keep these problems from becoming worse when you use the right plans for resolving these issues. Our team at ServiceMaster Tacoma wants you to recognize what works when keeping these problems under control.

Frozen Pipes

The pipes around your home might become frozen during the winter. One of the most common situations for water damage restoration entails repairing pipes that cause water damage.

A water pipe can freeze at night, making it harder for your home to receive hot water. The pipes may also crack and leak if they remain frozen for too long.

There are some things you can do to keep your frozen pipes under control:

  • Apply an insulating pipe wrap over your pipes. The wrap can block out cold conditions and works exceptionally well on exposed pipe bodies. Some wraps are self-adhesive, while others require duct tape.
  • Allow a faucet to drip overnight. The active tap provides consistent heat through warm water.
  • Keep the cabinets under your sink open if applicable. You will allow warm air to move around your pipes.

Ice Dams

An ice dam develops when the snow melts off your roof. The snow slides off the roof and reaches the eave, where it stays and freezes. You’ll see multiple icicles around your ice dam, but the added weight can cause harm to your roof. The water from the ice dam may leak into your roof and attic, causing water damage and mold.

You can prevent ice dams from building with a few steps:

  • Clean your gutters before the winter season. Clear gutters allow water to slide through and keep from sticking around.
  • Seal any leaks around your roof before the winter. Air leaks will allow water to seep through, plus they may trigger the melting that causes the ice dam to build.
  • Add ventilation around the roof body. Extra ventilation ensures warm air stays indoors.

Leakage Around Windows and Doors

Snow and ice can melt and leak around your windows and doors. You can prevent this problem by applying additional weather stripping around your openings. Weatherstripping provides a firm seal around these openings, plus it compresses when a door or window closes. Talk with a water damage restoration expert about finding the right weather stripping for your house.

Sump Pump Damage

The intense winds during the winter season can cause wind damage around your property. Wind can cause debris to enter your sump pump, keeping it from functioning. You can do a few things to resolve your sump pump issues:

  • Add five gallons of water to your sump pump. See how well the pump can clear out the water.
  • Check the inside for debris if the pump isn’t moving your water out all the way.
  • Review the battery on your pump. You might need to replace the battery every few years to ensure it stays functional.

Contact our team here at ServiceMaster Tacoma if you ever have concerns over how well your home can manage all these winter water hazards.