Winter Water Damage Potentials To Look Out For In Quincy

water damage restoration quincyExcess water from snow around your home in Quincy can pose a serious threat of water damage to your basement. To ensure that water is being properly drained off of and away from your home, and to avoid potential water damage from winter weather there are some things you should pay attention to this winter.

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  1. Make sure your gutters, eaves, and troughs are able to collect and channel water off of your roof and to your downspouts. If snow accumulates on your roof, and then the bottom layer freezes, ice dams can occur which clog your gutters and prevent water from traveling through the designated channels off of and away from your home. Instead, this water can build up on our roof, causing leaks to occur, or even flood down the sides of your home, pooling around the foundation. Water should be channeled at least 3 feet away from your home’s foundation, usually accomplished through downspouts, but when these are blocked that water ends up soaking into the ground right next to your foundation where it can easily work its way inside once the ground becomes oversaturated. 
  2. Maintain your sump pump, and regularly check to make sure it is working. If you do not have a sump pump, consider getting one installed. A sump pump is the best line of defense your basement has from water damage. If the hydrostatic water pressure around your home gets too high, the sump pump will turn on and literally pump the excess water away from your home. Rising water levels from melting snow pose a serious threat to your basement, but with a working sump pump water damage can be avoided. It is also a good idea to have a backup battery power source for your sump pump in case the electricity goes out. 
  3. Ensure seals around windows and weather stripping around doors are in good condition and are, in fact, keeping water out – especially around basement windows. These openings are an easy access point for water to enter your home, especially if the caulk around them is peeling, chipped, or has pulled away. You can reapply caulk around windows, and add weather strips to doors to ensure that water is not able to work its way inside.
  4. Be sure that pipes that run through the basement are properly insulated to avoid freezing. Since basements often remain cooler than the rest of the home and do not receive as much heat, pipes that run through there are at a higher risk of freezing. When water freezes inside pipes, it expands and puts excess pressure on the pipe’s walls. This often leads to bursts, which can result in major water damage. 

These suggestions can greatly reduce the risk of water damage from occurring in your home this winter. That being said, not all water damage is preventable. If you find yourself in need of water damage restoration, Bostonian Cleaning is ready and prepared to take your call.