Avoiding water damage in the winter

There are some simple steps every home owner should follow as cold weather can add stress to your home and create unexpected emergencies. Water in your basement is a problem that can quickly escalate into costly repairs. Inspections from time to time to see if there is a water problem in your basement could save you money and a substantial amount of damage. One precaution is to check if walls appear to be wet or moist, as water could be seeping in from the outside from a previous storm or damaged drain tile system. Sump pumps work as a first defense to help remove water from your property foundation. A sump pump is a system that keeps unwanted water out by routing it away from your home. When inspecting the sump pump make sure that it isn’t clogged or frozen so water can be directed away. To verify the sump pump is running fill the sump pump pit with water and see that it is pumping water out. Other precaution are to make sure that in the discharge line the air hole is clean and that it is also not emitting off strange noises. If the sump pump is battery powered replace battery when needed. 

Plumbing breakdowns can also create unwanted home floods. Broken pipes due to severe weather changes or a breakdown in the home heating system can create a significant amount of water damage in a short period of time. Inspecting your pipes on a regular basis should be a must for every home owner. Your best defense to protect your home and basement from water damage is a thorough inspection of your property every year in the fall, cleaning out your gutter systems and ensuring that water is able to drain properly and safely away from your homes foundation. Water damage in the winter can be extremely challenging as the repair process could be lengthened by frozen ground and frigid temperatures.

The most important thing to do, If you happen to experience flooding or any sort of water damage to your home is to react with urgency. Professional restoration companies use specialty equipment that can quickly extract the excess water and begin to dry out your property. In cases of minor water damage, you can utilize a mop or a wet vacuum to start the cleanup process. Depending on the length of time the water has been sitting you may or may not need to have the property inspected for mold damage.  Also, for your safety, it is important to not confuse a regular vacuum cleaner with one that is specially made to clean up water damage.

Updated: December 30, 2009 — 2:54 pm
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