Even though it’s mid-October, it’s never too early to start thinking about preparing for winter water damage. With the change in season comes varying temperatures, which can make it likely for the pipes in your home or office to freeze and maybe even burst. If you’re concerned about water damage stemming from a burst pipe, there are steps you can take to make sure it doesn’t happen. And if it does end up happening, you can trust Ram Restoration will be there to help with the water damage restoration and repair process.
Stay on Top of Snow Removal
Removing snow from around the foundation of your home will help with minimizing water damage. Water can find its way into a number of different places, so the fewer places you can give it, the better.
If you want to make sure your pipes stay warm during the winter, you’ll want to make sure you insulate them. This is especially important when it comes to the pipes in your attic, crawl space, or basement since those areas are drafty and you don’t spend as much time there, meaning water damage and mold could be present.
Don’t Let Pipes Freeze
If you don’t have insulated pipes, you’ll want to take steps to make sure they don’t freeze. To avoid frozen pipes, there’s some steps you can take. First, you’ll want to make sure to leave cabinets open, so heat gets to your pipes. This will help make sure they don’t burst from the cold weather. You’ll also want to disconnect hoses from outdoor spigots. This will prevent water from getting into your home without your knowledge.
Clean Downspouts and Gutters
It’s always important to keep downspouts and gutters clean, as they help move water away from your home. When you have clogged drains, it can start to cause water damage. In the winter, it’s important to make sure they’re clean so avoid a buildup of melted snow from sitting there and causing water damage.
Turn off Water Supply
If you leave for extended periods of time, make sure to turn off your water supply. This greatly reduces the chance of a flood when you aren’t around. Because there isn’t any water running to your home or office, it means if a pipe does burst while you aren’t there, it won’t cause as much water damage when you aren’t around to take care of it.
Preparing for winter water damage can take some time, but once it’s completed, it can give you some peace of mind that your home or office will be safe, even if you aren’t there to catch the burst pipe and the ensuing flood. At Ram Restoration, we are the Dayton area’s leading water damage restoration and mold remediation company. If you do need water damage restoration and repair, we are the company to call. Contact us today to get started with the restoration and repair of your home or office.