Knowing how to avoid winter water damage is an important part of protecting your home. Winter weather brings chilling temperatures and a number of water damage possibilities. Both residential and commercial properties are vulnerable to costly water damage during the winter season. When the temps are below freezing, a multitude of events can occur to lead to winter water damage. At the top of that list is frozen and burst pipes. Unattended outdoor water sources are also among the list. Homeowners and property managers can use these tips to reduce the risks of and avoid winter water damage.
Prevent your pipes from freezing.
Have you ever put a can of soda in the freezer to chill? But then forgot about it and opened the door to an exploded soda can?
This is because water expands when it freezes. When it freezes in a pipe, it expands that same way. Pipes burst when water expands too much, leaving serious damage in its path. Follow these tips to prevent your pipes from bursting in the extreme cold.
- Use pipe insulation or spray foam. Prep pipes in attics, outside walls and crawl spaces to avoid potential flood damage.
- Open your cabinet doors. This allows warm air to circulate around the pipes during cold spells.
- Allow a slow drip of water to flow through your faucets. This is especially important if you plan on leaving for some time. A slow stream of water can prevent bursting and alleviate pressure if freezing occurs.
- Keep the temperature above 65 degrees. This is true for vacant homes as well.
Clear your gutters and spouts.
Fall weather brings increased rain and loss of foliage. If gutters become clogged with leaves and debris, water cannot run off. Because it cannot escape and the temperatures are freezing, water creates an ice dam. When ice dams melt in the spring, water can seep into your attic, crawl space or ceiling.
If your drain spouts are also clogged, water can pool up along the foundation of your property. As water heats and cools during the pre-winter freeze, it creates pressure cracks to the foundation. This can lead to a disastrous flood during spring melt season. Clearing and cleaning your rain gutters and run off spouts can ensure that water run off is directed away from the property and its foundation.
Shut off outdoor water sources.
When the cold weather arrives, shut off your outdoor watering system and ensure no water remains in the pipes. Disconnect hoses and spigots to prevent water from freezing in the line.
If you have water leaking or have no water pressure, it likely means your pipes have burst. This can happen even if you have taken all steps to avoid winter water damage. You must act fast to prevent further damage.
- Turn off your electricity (depending on the amount of water and location).
- Shut down your main water supply.
- Close the valve to your hot water heater (if heated water is coming from the burst pipe).
- Call a plumber for repairing.
Call All Pro to help you and your insurance agent assess the damage for restoration. Our team of experts wield years of experience in the field. Water damage restoration is one of our most common service calls! We’ll quickly get to your home or business and assess the damage.
After we have completed the free damage assessment, we quickly work to provide you with an estimate. Let us handle the mess, file the claim with your insurance provider, and get to work fast.
Call us at (801) 748-4020 if you have any questions about floods, water, damage to your home, restoration or other threats to your assets.