Protect your home from winter weather by following these tips in the fall:
- Inspect the entire outside of your home and look for any damaged areas. Cracks, openings, and chips in siding and foundation provide ways for water to seep into your home, so be sure to look for any areas that need patched and repaired before winter comes.
- Inspect your roof to be sure that it is in good condition, there are no loose or missing pieces, and that water does not collect on the roof. Be sure that your roof is maintained regularly and fortified to withstand the sow and ice that comes with winter.
- Since windows and doors provide openings into your home, it is important to be sure that any repairs on seals around windows and doorframes are fixed before the cold weather comes. You can use caulk or weather stripping to seal areas around windows and doors to prevent water, snow, and ice from leaking inside.
- Leaves and debris can collect in gutters and down spurts, causing water to back up and overflow onto your home and around your foundation. Anytime water collects around the outside of the home, it has the potential to cause water damage inside. Check that water is not getting trapped behind gutters, and that it can flow freely away from your home.
- Turn off your sprinkler system, and drain the water completely. Any water is left sitting in those pipes can freeze and cause the pipes to burst and spring leaks. Burst sprinkler pipes can cause major flooding in the basement of your home, so it is important to get them blown out before freezing temperatures come.
- Turn off exterior faucets, drain hoses, and store them away during winter. If there is water trapped in your hose when the temperatures drop, it will not only ruin the hose, but also cause water to freeze in the pipe. Frozen pipes are bad news for water damage.
- Insulate pipes that are exposed to outside walls of the home, located in basements and attics that do not have heat, and that are prone to freezing when temperatures drop. Keeping pipes insulated will help prevent eater inside them from freezing, Since frozen pipes increase the pressure on pipes, it will make pipes burst which can cause major leaks and flooding.
Winter weather in Columbus can be hard on your home, and if your home is not prepared for cold weather, it is susceptible to water damage. Water damage in your home is an overwhelming experience, so it is worth taking the time this fall to put preventative precautions in place before winter weather comes. If you do find yourself faced with water damage, Mammoth Restoration and Cleaning is here to help. Our team of water damage professionals will do everything possible to mitigate the problem and damage, and reduce your loss. We utilize the most powerful drying equipment on the market, and all of our technicians are certified and experienced. Let Mammoth Restoration handle all your water damage restoration needs so you can rest assured that things are done right.