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How Winter Water Damage Can Affect Your New Philadelphia Home

12/17/2021 (Permalink)

Water damage can affect your home year-round, even during the winter months. Knowing the ways water can damage your home during colder months can help you prevent extensive damage. Here are the main ways water damage occurs during winter months:

Frozen Pipes
Freezing temperatures cause water in pipes to freeze, causing expansion. Too much expansion leads the pipe to burst. The more you are inside your home, the more water is being used, which adds more pressure on the pipes. Burst pipes bring unwanted damage to walls and floors. Make sure pipes are properly insulated during winter months.

Turn off any exterior water lines, such as garden hoses, before the temperatures drop. You can add extra protection by adding an insulated cover over the spigot.

Melting Snow
If too much snow accumulates on your roof, the risk for flooding and mold growth increases. To avoid snow accumulation, remove snow using a snow removal rake.

Be sure to clean out gutters as well to prevent freezing and damage. Ice can block your gutters, causing them to overflow. This water can seep into your home’s foundation or flood your basement.

Leaking Water Heater
During winter, water heaters must work harder to heat the water due to cold temperatures. The older a water heater, the harder it must work, which can lead to leaks or bursting. Check your unit for leaks, unusual noises, and faulty pipes.

If you experience water damage to your home, SERVPRO of New Philadelphia is Here to Help. We are a locally owned and operated company with national resources, so we can handle any size job. We will respond immediately, and we have the expertise and equipment to restore your property as quickly as possible.

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