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5 Ways Water Damage Occurs in the Winter Months

1/20/2022 (Permalink)

Just because it is cold out does not mean water damage cannot affect your home. Water damage never sleeps. In fact, it is more common in the winter months than most others. Water can destroy your home or business’ walls, carpets, cabinets, ceilings and so much more. That is why, in this blog post, we want to talk about 5 ways water damage can occur during the winter months: 

Frozen Pipes – As one of the most common types of water damage causes in the winter, frigid temperatures cause pipes to freeze and break resulting in large water losses. 

Leaking Water Heater – Colder temperatures cause water heaters to work harder to heat up. When an older heater is constantly running and working harder, it often results in leaks or bursts.  

Melting Snow – Melting snow on your roof can create a serious threat. If gutters are clogged or frozen, water can seep back into your roof and in your attic. Water trapped in attics almost always support mold growth due to humidity. Melting snow can also leak into cracks in your property’s foundation, causing flooding.  

Overflowing Gutters – As previously mentioned, clogged gutters pose a serious threat during the winter months. Water can leak into the roof and pour over the sides, creating cracks in the foundation. 

Poorly Insulated Pipes – If a water line is exposed to outside temperatures, it must be properly insulated. Any exposed pipe not covered by some type of foam or fiberglass will most likely freeze and break during the winter.  

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