Preparing Your Home for Autumn Hazards

As Autumn approaches New England, we are graced with beautiful sights as the weather changes, brisk weather, and unfortunately a significant rise in water damage in and around your home. While it is difficult to spot a leak or potential problem before it arises, when it comes to water damage in your home it is best to act fast to reduce the amount of water damage.

Water Hazards To Be Aware Of (& How To Prevent Them):

During these colder months here are the most common causes of water damage:

Clogged Gutters

As leaves begin to fall, to most it is a beautiful sight to enjoy, but to homeowners, it can be a hidden danger lurking. As these leaves continue to fall throughout the season, it becomes more likely that your gutters will clog. This can be hazardous as it can cause water to flow into your home, or through any crack that is not properly sealed.

Prevention: To reduce the likelihood of water damage in your home due to clogged gutters, periodically check your gutters, and if necessary remove any excess leaves to ensure your drainage is working efficiently.

Burst Pipes

While this is more common during the winter, a cold chill or rapid change in temperature can spell disaster for an old pipe, if a pipe bursts in your ceiling or wall the water can be detrimental to the structural integrity of your home, as well as give mold an opportunity to grow.

Prevention: If a pipe bursts in your home, it is best to call a plumber immediately, once the leak has been fixed contact a water damage specialist to salvage and preserve your property

Snow & Water Run-Off

New England can be unpredictable; it can snow one day, with 65 and sun the next day. If you live in a valley or low lying area this can create a frequent flooding situation, especially in older homes and basements.

Prevention: If you are located in a low lying area it is important to take the necessary precautions such as building a retaining wall, or installing sump pumps in your home.

Professional Water Damage & Restoration Services in Massachusetts & New Hampshire

If you are in need of a water damage & restoration specialist, AAA Flood Drying has helped restore and repair residences in Massachusetts & New Hampshire for over 20 years. For emergency service, consultations or advice on any form of water damage call Clay today at 978-392-1895 or fill out a contact form!