Winter Weather Causes Water Damage

When cold weather approaches, give your home a once-over to ensure your home is protected from winter weather water damage. Notice the following areas:

Roof
As your major barrier against the elements, any breach in the structure can lead to expensive repairs. Winter storms bring rain, snow and damaging winds that can rip shingles off your roof. Even minor damage or missing shingles allow water into your attic so have a roofing company check your roof after a strong wind storm. Make sure you don’t have a problem waiting for the next rainstorm.

Address potential problems now:

● Check around chimneys, plumbing vents and attic vents; replace any failed shingles. To trace the source of a visible ceiling leak, measure its location from the nearest outside wall and then locate this point in the attic using a measuring tape.
● Once up in the attic, check for air leaks from the house and shield the house heat from escaping. Inadequate insulation can lead to ice damming. (The warm air causes the snow at the top of the roof to melt, then it ices over again when it reaches the outer edge.)

Gutters

If you do nothing else to get ready for winter, clean (or have a professional clean) your gutters. Even if water just overflows on the exterior and doesn’t get inside the house, it can do some serious damage. Overflowing water is powerful enough to deteriorate the brick mortar over time. Check the entire system. Ideally, a downspout goes directly into a rain leader or drainpipe that leads to the sewer. Adjust to direct the water as far from your foundation as possible, since the whole point of gutters is to keep water away from the house. If your downspout goes into a rain barrel, clean the screen and open the tap so that it doesn’t overflow.

Windows

Here, the slow accumulation of excess moisture via the windows can cause damage including mold growth, wood rot, or even foundation problems. Window leaks can happen for a number of reasons. Typically, window leaks are due to 1) poorly installed windows and 2) cracked window panes. If your windows are leaking, you have a significant problem and need to address it.

Whether you should simply repair your existing windows or replace them with new ones, that moisture can damage the window sills, sheetrock and floors around the leak. Other than checking for clogged weep holes, also be sure windows close tightly. Caulk doesn’t last forever, and even though it is meant to expand and contract as the building materials around it do, gaps will open up.

Pipes

Inspect and insulate pipes in all potential freeze areas, seal holes that might let in colder air, and leave on at a trickle on particularly cold days or nights. Even at temperatures above freezing, you are still at risk for leaks. Check dripping faucets, pipes, clogged drains, and faulty drainage systems. Scrutinize washing machine hoses for bulges, cracks or wetness. Check the
water heater for signs of rust or dampness on the floor.

By far the most common winter weather-related water damage comes from frozen pipes that burst when temperatures plunge. Here in the South, the culprit could be inadequately insulated pipes in your attic.

Basements

Snowmelt, rain, or other weather concerns could pool around the edges of the house and lead to basement flooding. Make sure basement windows and doors have built-up barriers or flood shields. Inspect sump pumps to ensure they work properly; a battery backup system is recommended. (Discharge as far away from the house as possible.)

Around The Perimeter

The prevent destruction from snowmelt, ensure the exterior materials of your home are properly constructed and maintained. Properly landscaped homes should have yards that slope away from the house, but flat or down-sloped yards could cause you a particular risk in bad winter weather.

Water Damage In Pitt County

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