Common Causes Of Water Damage In The Winter

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water damage restoration vancouverThe forecast in Vancouver for the next few months shows a lot of moisture and low temperatures. While this is not alarming for winter months, it can be alarming for your home. The risk of you needing water damage restoration greatly increases when moisture and freezing temperatures are in the forecast. 

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Here are some of the water damage risks your home is exposed to during cold winter months, and how you can help to combat them before they require water damage restoration.

  1. Frozen Pipes: One of the most common causes of water damage restoration in the winter is the possibility for pipes to burst and leak water into your home as a result of freezing water inside them. When the temperature drops and pipes freeze, the water pressure in the pipes increases and puts excess stress and strain on the pipes until they finally leak or burst to release the pressure. To reduce the risk of water damage from frozen pipes, you can allow cold water to drip from faucets that are most susceptible to freezing. This ensures that the water through the pipes is constantly moving, and moving water will not freeze. Another good tip to help keep your pipes from freezing and causing water damage is to keep your home maintained at a warm temperature. Avoiding major fluctuations in temperature will help to keep water in pipes from freezing. 
  2. Ice Dams And Roof Leaks: Your roof is one of the most typical places exposed to water damage throughout the winter. Ice dams can form on your roof and in your gutters after rain or snowfall. The water on your roof will freeze blocking the gutters so that the gutters become clogged. Then, as more snow falls and builds up on the roof, it begins to form a dam. When the snow melts, the moisture has no direction to run off the roof and away from your home. This water has to have somewhere to go, and more often than not it finds its way into your home penetrating broken shingles or other weak points in your roof, or building up around the foundation where it can leak into your basement. One of the best ways to prevent ice dams from forming on your roof is to clean out your gutters before winter comes so that melting snow and runoff will be able to flow freely through your gutters. 
  3. Poor Seals Around Doors And Windows: Water melting from snow and ice will follow the path of least resistance, which is why seals or weather strips around doors and windows are so important. Over time, these seals can become loosened, worn, ripped, or even torn; leaving vulnerable places for water to enter your home. You can check these seals by performing a visual inspection around them before the temperatures drop so you have time to get them reinforced. Not only will ensuring that seals are water-tight prevent you from needing water damage restoration, but it will also help to keep the temperature in your home more regulated by keeping warm air in and cold air out. 

With these preventative steps in mind, you can help keep your Vancouver home warm and dry this winter season. If you do find yourself in need of water damage restoration, be sure to call Restoration 1 of Vancouver.