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.

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