Snow and ice go hand in hand with winter water damage for many Maryland homeowners, as the freeze-thaw cycle and cold pipes wreak havoc on properties. Thankfully, there are many small steps you can take to prevent winter water damage from costing you a fortune this season.
Use a Leak Detection Device
A small water leak can cause a tremendous amount of damage if it is not caught in a reasonable amount of time. Leak detection devices can be installed near appliances like water heaters, dishwashers, sinks and refrigerators. These will sound an alarm if moisture is detected. If you invest in a higher-end detector, some come equipped with smartphone apps that can send you push notifications the moment that an uptick in water usage or moisture is detected.
Turn Off the Water
Are you leaving town for the holidays? You should always turn off the main water supply before you leave town to prevent water loss from occurring. If your water supply is off, you won’t need to be worried about a burst pipe or persistent leak while you are miles away.
Inspect Your Exterior
Another common cause of winter water damage lies outside of the home. Before any snowstorm or precipitation, you should inspect your gutters for leaves and other debris. If there is build-up in gutters, the water might overflow and send water down the side of the house or under the roof instead of draining it away. The time before winter is also your best bet for completing a roof inspection. Any shingles that are missing or damaged should be replaced before snow falls, or water could creep into the roof and cause damage.
Protect Your Pipes
If you have access to pipes in your home, you should insulate them with pipe insulation. When it’s cold outside, open up closet and cabinet doors to prevent behind-the-wall pipes in those areas from freezing. You can also install low-temperature detectors that will alert you if areas near your pipes drop below freezing. Once pipes freeze, the likelihood of one bursting or leaking and causing a great deal of winter water damage increases exponentially.
Prevent and Recover from Winter Water Damage with Flood Department
Flood Department can complete a wide range of mold removal, flood damage restoration and crime scene clean-up services. To learn more about our services and get your water damage problem taken care of before it becomes worse, give us a call at 301-829-2600.