The fall season will soon come to an end. The changing seasons represent new responsibilities for Philadelphia, PA homeowners to protect their homes. Winter weather can cause water damage to your home in several different ways, and the professionals at ServiceMaster by ARTec want you help you prepare for the chilly months to come.
Here are some tips to protect your home from water damage during the winter months:
- Insulate your pipes – It’s vital to make sure that the pipes in various areas of your home are insulated so they don’t freeze, burst, and cause unfortunate water damage. Areas such as your attic, basement, and garage are all susceptible if the pipes are left unattended and aren’t properly insulated.
- Keep your thermostat at an even temperature – Maintaining an even and warm temperature in your home is a great way to prevent the water in your pipes from freezing. Turning down the thermostat in efforts to save on your heat bill can increase the chances of having frozen pipes that may cause water damage.
- Let your faucets drip – Letting your faucets drip a little bit during bitterly cold weather helps to alleviate the chances of a pipe freezing and potentially bursting.
- Check the foundation and perimeter of your home – Make sure that there are no areas in the perimeter and foundation of your home where water can potentially leak. It’s a smart idea to caulk areas of the foundation and perimeter of your home that may otherwise be exposed.
- Clean your rain gutters – If your rain gutters aren’t properly cleaned come wintertime, they may not be able to effectively support snow and ice when it melts. An ice dam can form which prevents proper runoff of melted snow and ice, allowing water to leak through your shingles and soak into the attic.
Homeowners in Philadelphia, PA will greatly benefit from taking preventative measures to protect their homes. If you do suffer winter water damage, contact the professionals at ServiceMaster by ARTec at 610-626-9002. As preferred vendors by many insurance companies, we’ll be there to handle the recovery and restoration process.