Three Steps to Prevent Water & Fire Damage During Winter

Many areas of your home need extra love and attention during winter. Winter storms can come at any moment. It’s important that you take the right precautions to keep your family safe and warm and avoid potential winter damages from happening in your home.
Step One: Consider Adding Extra Insulation to Prevent Roof Damage
winter homeChilly winds and dropping temperatures can make winter unbearable and often, unsuspectingly wreak havoc on your home’s roof. If too much heat escapes into your attic, it can warm the ice and snow on the roof, and when it refreezes, it can cause an ice dam. An ice dam can lead to potential water damage in your home. Adding extra insulation to areas of your home, such as the attic, will help protect your home from potential water damage from ice dams.
Step Two: Ensure Your Pipes Are Protected During Extreme Temperature Drops
Your homes’ piping can be a potential victim to freezing temperatures during the winter weather. If temperatures drop too low in your house, your pipes do run the risk of bursting. If they do burst, this can cause significant water damage to your home. Piping exposed to unheated areas, such as your garage, attic or crawl space, should be wrapped with heat tape or another type of insulation. Wrapping the pipe with extra insulation will help keep them warm and prevent them from bursting. It is also a good idea to know how to shut off your water in case your pipes do freeze because doing so can also prevent water damage in your home.
Step Three: Inspect & Clean Seasonal Space Heaters
Alternate heat sources, such as a space heater, can be an excellent way to keep your house warm especially in entry areas. Nonelectric heaters can also come in handy if your power ever goes out during the winter storm and you need a source of heat to stay warm. When you are using alternate heat sources, be sure your equipment is up to code and that you know how to use and clean them. Using a space heater that is old or not up to code can lead to a fire. House fires can be caused by heating equipment that has not been kept clean or has been placed too close to flammables. If you do choose to purchase a space heater for your home, always remember to keep flammable items at least three feet away from the heater.
The winter time is a difficult time for all of us, and we never know what exactly to expect from this time of year. There are many weather-related issues during this time of year that can be harsh on our households. You can prepare for every possible situation, but the tricky thing about disasters is that they happen when you least expect it. You can trust Hays + Sons to be there for you and your family, and we can handle any disaster caused by water or fires.  With a wide range of disaster restoration services, our team stands ready to ensure your restoration gets done right.

Roof Damages that You Need to Know About

icedam08_1415737851Everything is covered in snow, and you have to brace yourself for the wind chill every time you walk out your door. Winter is a harsh time for all of us. You’re distracted because you are constantly asking yourself, “how in the world am I going to survive this winter?” You might think this time of year is hard on you; we hate to tell you, the roof of your house is also working to survive the winter too.
Winter is especially hard on your house’s roof. Though most of us don’t want to admit it, the winter season is here and now is the time for you to know about the possible damages your roof might have to endure during the winter months. Often winter-related issues result in potential disasters, such as water damage to your home. If any of these winter problems cause water damage to your home, Hays + Sons is here for you, and we will do whatever it takes to handle the disaster and get the job done that right way.

Ice Dam

An ice dam is the ridge of ice that forms at the lower edge of a roof and prevents water produced by melting snow from draining off the roof. Ice dams occur when there is snow on the roof, and the upper portions of the roof’s surface must be above 32F, while lower surfaces are below 32F. For a portion of the roof to be below 32F, the outside temperature must also be below 32F. The snow on the portion of the roof that is above 32F will melt. As a result of the snow melting, the water flows down the roof to the portion of the roof that is below 32F and then freezes on the roof. The water that gets backed up behind the dam can leak into your home and cause damage to your ceilings, walls, and insulation.

Icicle Formation

Icicles often result from the same kinds of conditions as ice dams. They may seem pretty and harmless, but they can damage the shingles and gutters on your roof. Icicles add weight to your gutters, and that weight can potentially tear the gutters from your house. The ice can also get under your shingles, and the melted water can leak into your home, causing water damage to your house.

Heavy Loads of Snow

Snow might seem like lightweight fluff on the ground, but once it accumulates into one load, that can mean a ton of weight is on top of your roof. Wet snow is extremely heavy and can be a lot for your roof to handle. If the snow load on your roof becomes too much to take care of it can cause ceiling sagging, roof leakage or even your roof collapsing. If you notice that there is possibly too much snow or ice on your roof, you should call a professional immediately to avoid dangerous situations.
Roof maintenance can be dangerous for homeowners to attempt without the proper knowledge and tools. It is always best to call a professional to clean and repair any damages to your roof. A professional will ensure every part of your roof is free of any possible ice and snow damage.
However, life can easily get in the way, and it is easy to forget about checking on your roof during the winter. When a disaster strikes, Hays + Sons is your trusted resource, and we are here for you to help and provide services for any roof damages caused by winter weather related issues. Don’t forget if you need Hays + Sons, we are just one phone call away.