Causes Of Winter Home Water Damage – The more you know, the better prepared you can be.
While water damage may occur at any time of year, cold temperatures and inclement weather can combine to trigger winter water damage such as leaks and water intrusion, particularly in residential structures. Another aspect of winter damage is the simple fact that it’s an inconvenient time of year to have to dry out a house. To reduce seasonal risks, be aware of these common sources of water damage in winter:
Ice forming in a water supply line can cause internal pressure as high as 2,000 p.s.i. and rupture the pipe, releasing hundreds of gallons per hour. Install pipe insulation on all supply pipes potentially exposed to freezing temperatures such as in the crawl space or up in the attic. When a hard freeze is forecast, open faucets slightly and allow them to drip to relieve pressure if pipes freeze. If water flow stops during extreme cold, assume a pipe has frozen. Don’t wait until it thaws to find out there’s a rupture. Contact us immediately.
When the underside of the upper portion of the roof is disproportionately warm, snow melts faster. Water runs down to the colder portion of the roof then freezes again, obstructing flow of runoff into gutters. Pooling water then seeps through shingles and sub-roofing and causes water damage in the attic. Uneven roof warming is caused by excess attic warmth. Prevent ice dams by making sure the attic is properly ventilated to remain uniformly cold. Seal ceiling cracks, gaps and other openings with caulking to prevent heat loss into the attic.
Melting snow around the perimeter of the house can saturate deep into the soil and leak through the foundation and basement walls. Shovel accumulated snow away from the house before melting occurs. Seal cracks and gaps in the basement wall and, if you don’t have one, install a sump pump.
Knowing these types of winter water damage can occur will help you avoid these hazards. The Water Damage Pros at Pioneer are always prepared to assist you, working with private pay and insurance, to restore your property as if water damage never happened. Contact us for help today!