Friday, October 21, 2011

Are You Ready to Avoid Water Damage in Your Home This Winter?

The winter season brings many things with it that are a joy to most people. As the seasons change, we finally get some relief from that blazing hot weather that lingered all summer. We are also reminded that the holidays are practically just around the corner. If you are a home owner, it means that you have an opportunity to save some money for the next several months due to no longer having to cool the house down. There is, however, a downside to the cold weather coming that can result in your home suffering from extensive water damage if you are not careful. Let's take a look at why this is more possible as the outside temperatures begin to drop and what steps you can take to ensure that you do not become a victim of this misfortune yourself.

Many things on your house will tend to change shape a bit as the temperatures change more drastically going into the cold season. Doors and the casings around windows would have swelled up a bit when it was hot out, and now they will begin to retract more, allowing some wiggle room between your doors and windows and the frames that they are resting in. The problem here is that after being swollen for so many months, now that they have retracted some the weatherstripping or seals that they utilize are no longer tight. This means that moisture and even water may have an opportunity to get through the gaps and enter your home. In order to avoid such a problem, I recommend that you keep an eye on all of these items as the season transitions and be ready to replace or add to any seals or weatherstripping that is damaged during the process or appears to no longer be adequate.

The condition of your roof should be inspected as the winter season approaches. Plenty of inclement weather will be on the way to your house soon, and this will include such things as snow and ice. If given the opportunity to accumulate on your roof for long periods of time, which is not uncommon in many parts of the country, your roof may buckle under the weight and may possibly even cave in. It is important that you take some time during the comfortable temperatures that fall weather brings to thoroughly inspect your roof each year. You need to look for any part of the structure that may seem damaged or weak. Two steps to this process that you must take are going into the attic and looking above you with a strong light at the underbelly of your roof, and then walking across the top of your roof several times in search of any items such as shingles that are worn to the point that they need to be replaced. If you take care of your roof now, it will take care of you during the most deadly of all seasons.

The last thing that I will mention that you will need to inspect each year going into the cold winter months is your pipes. This applies to all items that make up the plumbing inside your home. Pipes are very vulnerable to freezing if the are exposed for long periods of time to cold air. Many of these pipes run along the crawl space beneath your home, which means that they can be exposed to cold air quite easily. A good solution will be to insulate your pipes using pipe insulation specifically made for this purpose and available at most home improvement stores. This is a good way to ensure that you do not experience any pipes bursting, which usually happens when a pipe freezes up. If this does happen, the amount of water damage that will take place inside your home will be overwhelming for sure.

Follow these simple steps each year just as the temperatures start to drop and you will be ready to enjoy warmth and safety from the harsh elements outside for the entire season.

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1 comment:

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