Frozen and burst pipes are two causes of water damage that most Green Bay, WI, residents are probably familiar with. Most households have heard some version of the “running water” trick to keep pipes from freezing, and anyone who’s spent a single winter in Wisconsin knows that ice will gather wherever it decides to gather, even despite valiant human efforts. As the water damage repair experts at ServiceMaster Recovery by Restoration Holdings prepare for winter, we ask homeowners to prep for these familiar types of water damage as well as a few lesser-known winter troublemakers that occur at various stages of the season.
The first stage of winter water damage begins when the temperatures begin to drop. Most homes will likely be easing back into using heaters, hot water, and furnaces on a regular basis. Since they’re not used year-round, it’s easy to let them fall into disrepair. If any part of your heating system is water-based, be sure to have it checked thoroughly before you crank it on for the season. A leaking boiler or hot water tank can cause all sorts of water damage right as the season kicks off.
The second stage of winter water damage can happen when the ice really starts to set in midwinter. Some homeowners may experience ice dams that form at the edge of the roof and redirect water into the ceiling, walls, or windows. This type of water damage is especially frustrating in the winter because it can be difficult to find the source of the leak. If you think you may be suffering from ice dam run-off, get in touch with water damage repair professionals immediately to prevent significant damage.
Stage three is when winter water damage continues being a problem all the way up to the big snow melt right before spring. Depending upon the foundation of your home and the type of lot you live on, late winter water damage can occur when snow melt directs water towards and into your basement and foundation. Water entering your home in this manner is a recipe for a water damage disaster in a very short period of time. In these cases, contacting water damage repair experts should be done before water begins to pool or gather in any part of the home. Efficiently redirecting the water could be enough to mitigate the worst of the damage.
ServiceMaster Recovery by Restoration Holdings is here for every stage of your winter water damage journey. Green Bay, WI, residents can contact us today at (920) 336-7411, or visit our website for information on water damage repair and professional water damage repair consultations.