As a homeowner, there are few things worse than discovering your home has flooded during the coldest season of the year. Winter floods are not to be trifled with and can lead to long-term damage, including mold infestations, rotten wood, and ruined possessions. Although floods are sometimes unable to be prevented, there are certain steps you can take to avoid water damage in your house throughout the winter months. As you read this guide, you will see some helpful suggestions you can start applying this year.
Keep your foundation clear.
Snow piled against the foundation of a home is a major cause of winter flooding. When this snow begins to melt, it can seep into a residence through even the smallest cracks or holes. The best way to avoid this problem is to clear the area surrounding your foundation on a regular basis. Instead of letting snow pile up, shovel around your house as frequently as possible. If you’re not physically able to perform this chore, look into hiring someone to assist you.
Don’t let too much snow accumulate on your roof.
Large piles of snow on the roof of a house can also leak through to the interior if they become too heavy. As a general rule, unless the snow accumulation on your roof is over 24 inches, you don’t necessarily need to shovel it. If it does become necessary to shovel your roof, make sure you hire a professional to do the job, as it can be quite dangerous. It’s not worth falling and severely injuring yourself to save a little bit of money!
Invest in a water leak detector.
Water leak detectors are useful, relatively inexpensive devices that are designed to alert homeowners to leaks to potentially problematic leaks, even those that occur in hidden pipes, such as dishwasher lines that are in walls. Basic models beep or make another sound if they detect a leak, while higher-end styles send leak alerts directly to homeowners’ smartphones via apps. The most expensive water leak detectors are around $100 and you may even get an insurance discount for taking this precaution.
Do what you can to prevent pipes from freezing.
Frozen pipes can burst and lead to serious leaks, so it is crucial for you to do whatever you can to prevent yours from freezing. One of the most effective ways to avoid frozen pipes is to leave cabinet doors open on sub-zero nights. This way, warm air from your home can circulate through the cabinets, keeping the space surrounding drain pipes above 32 degrees. On these frigid nights, it is also wise to leave a small amount of water dripping from the faucets in your home’s kitchen and bathroom to keep all of the pipes in good working order.
Taking these steps to prevent winter flooding should protect you and your family in most cases. If, however, you find yourself dealing with a leak of any kind, rest assured that our skilled water damage repair team can be there to help you quickly. Contact AAA Flood Drying whenever you need us and we will help your family get back to normalcy as soon as possible.