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The Top Causes Of Water Damage During Winter

The Top Causes of Water Damage during Winter

The Michigan winter season can present water damage issues for many homeowners and some of them are preventable. From basements flooding, frozen popes or blocked drains, having a water damage restoration company readily available as part of your home maintenance providers, allows the restoration process to begin right away with less worry should an emergency arise.

BASEMENT FLOODING
You may be surprised to learn that basements can flood anytime of the year, and even during the winter months. The main causes of water damage and basement flooding in the winter time are due to melting snow, gutters not draining properly, sump pump not functioning correctly, slope of foundation incorrect, blocked drains or faulty plumbing. Additionally, concrete expands and contracts during temperature changes, which can result in cracks in the foundation of your home, allowing water to seep in.

BUSTED PIPES
Bursting water pipes are the most common reason for water damage in the winter due to faulty plumbing or from not having proper precautions in place to avoid pipes freezing. When water freezes, the ice expands and pressure builds inside the pipes, causing a pipe to burst. Pipes that are most at risk of bursting are at locations outside of your home or building, and also uninsulated or unheated interior areas i.e. basements, attics and crawl spaces.

BLOCKED OR SLOW DRAINS
A blocked or slow drain is a problem any time of the year, but it can be a real problem during warmer periods during the winter when snow is melting and needing a place to drain.

Before winter begins it is a good idea to do an inspection to reduce the change of water damage. To help eliminate unforeseen issues, it is a good idea to check your foundation for cracks and your property for good soil drainage. You should also check your plumbing for leaks, gutters for good drainage and ensure your sump pump is functioning properly.

If you should encounter water damage, give Ameri-Pro Restoration a call. We are here to restore your home or business, anytime of the year. We can also work with your insurance company to help make the process less stressful for you.

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