3 Ways To Prevent Water Damage
There’s something special about fall in the south coast. Between the leaves changing colors and the temperatures dropping and sweater-weather making it’s official comeback, it’s easily a favorite season for many. For homeowners, however, it’s also an important season to consider when it comes to preventing winter damage damage.
Common causes of water damage include leaks, burst pipes, and drainage issues. Here are a few tips to keep in mind to help prevent these issues from arising in the cold winter months:
- Clean your gutters.
You may ask, “What does this have to do with water damage?” When your gutters are clogged, this stops the outward flow of water collected in your gutters. Leaves are often the guilty party in this. When water isn’t flowing out of your home, you can bet that it’s floating in. Thankfully, this is an easy problem to prevent.
2. Insulate areas in your home susceptible to freezing.
This goes without saying, but we’ll say it anyways: freezing temperature cause pipes to burst because the pipes are not well insulated (or protected) from the cold. When the temperatures drop, the water in the pipes freeze and expand cause the pipes to burst. When the temperature goes up and the water begins to flow, it flows out of the crack in the pipe and into the walls of your home or office. That can cause a major headache and disturbance. So before that has a chance to happen, make sure your walls are well insulated.
3. Detach your hoses.
This one if often overlooked. When it comes to putting away your gardening tools, it’s easy to forget the hoses. This is another important area to watch out for as we transition into the colder months. Remember to detach your houses, drain them, and insulate the faucet so it doesn’t freeze from the outside temperatures.
Again, these are just a few tips to get your home ready for the winter months. If one of these things are overlooked, it can easily cause water damage. If that happens, just know that SERVPRO of Fall River is here 24/7 to help with your water damage needs.