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3 Ways to Avoid Winter Water Damage at Home

Water Damage
Author: ServiceMaster Restore

In addition to chilly temperatures and snowy scenery, winter weather brings increased risk of water damage to your home. Winter is notorious for being cold and wet, and large amounts of snow and ice can have severe consequences. Learn three of the top causes of winter water damage and how to reduce your risk from the experts at ServiceMaster Restore. This winter, spend less time worrying about water damage and more time enjoying the season with your family and friends.



Frozen pipes build up significant pressure, which can lead to cracks and flooding once the ice melts. Make sure your outer walls and any exposed pipes are properly insulated. Caulk cracks and holes you see in your exterior walls to prevent cold air from reaching the pipes. Shield exposed pipes from freezing temperatures by wrapping them with the insulating tape or old towels. When temperatures are very low or you plan to be away from home for several days, leave the faucets lightly dripping and keep the cabinets under your sink open to allow warm air to circulate around the pipes. Doing so will keep water flowing and can help prevent your pipes from freezing. For maximum protection against hidden or sudden leaks, install a detection system that can monitor water pressure and automatically signal a water shut-off in the event of a leak or blocked pipe. This technology can reduce the amount of water damage caused by burst or frozen pipes in winter.


Icicles may be a staple of winter, but they can wreak havoc on your home. If your gutters are clogged, snow that melts off your roof won't pass through the drainage system properly. As the water trapped in your gutters refreezes, a wall of icicles will build up, eventually causing ice dams. The melt from these ice dams can damage your roof and seep into your attic, causing structural damage or mold. Any ice melt that drips over the sides of your gutters has the potential to pool next to your home's foundation and cause additional water damage, as well. Finally, sharp icicles may break off as they melt, posing a serious safety hazard. Clean your gutters before the cold weather hits to keep the dangers of ice dams and roof leaks at bay.


When the temperatures drop, you should shut off the water to your outdoor hoses and spigots. Drain any water from your hoses, and then store them so they don't freeze, crack or break in the cold. Neglecting your outdoor water sources could cause problems when spring rolls around. Enjoy the beauty of the winter season without worrying about the weather damaging your home. Taking a few extra precautions can save you lots of hassle in the long run. If you do experience water damage this winter, call the experts at ServiceMaster Restore. Our professional water mitigation teams are here 24/7/365 so you can get your home and life back to normal as soon as possible after a crisis.