How to Prevent Wintertime Water Damage in Goshen

Dec 23, 2015

Winter weather – whether freezing temperatures or heavy snow or rainfall – can all cause significant water damage to your Goshen property. From frozen pipes to ice dams or localized flooding, your home or business is especially vulnerable to water damage during the winter months. And while some natural disasters are unavoidable, there are ways that you can reduce your risk of experiencing a water loss, or, if you do, to reduce your total losses.

Prevent Frozen Pipes

Prolonged exposure to freezing temperatures can cause pipes to freeze and burst, filling your home with water. To prevent water damage from frozen pipes, make sure all your pipes are adequately insulated. For pipes prone to freezing, you may consider using UL-listed heat tape or heat cable. You should also keep your home heated at all times to at least 55 degrees.

When the cold temperatures settle in, you may want to keep cabinet doors open to help circulate heat, and keep doors open to rooms that are not heated. You may also want to let a trickle of water run through your faucet overnight, as running water can prevent the water from freezing in the pipe.

If you do experience a burst pipe from a frozen pipe, immediately shut off the water at the main water valve and call a water damage professional in Goshen to clean up the water and dry your property.

Understanding Ice Dams

Ice dams form on your roof when snow melts over warmer areas of the room, but re-freezes as it travels down over cooler areas of the roof. This ridge of ice buildup prevents water from draining off your roof as the snow melts, and can cause water to pool and infiltrate your roof, leading to water damage. To prevent ice dams, check for warm spots on your roof where snow is melting, and add extra insulation to your attic or crawl space to prevent the heat from reaching these areas. You can also carefully use a snow rake or broom to remove snow from the roof before it begins to melt.

Goshen Flooding and Water Damage

During extreme weather, localized flooding can occur, causing water damage to your home. There is little you can do to prevent a natural disaster, but once your home or business is affected by water damage, the sooner you call a professional the lesser the loss. Water damage losses will continue to grow until the water is removed and the property is dry, and the longer you wait the more damage that will occur.

So regardless of whether your home is affected by flooding or water damage due to ice dams or frozen pipes, you can count on Hudson Valley Contracting & DKI to respond quickly to your water damage emergency. Our team of skilled professionals are available to respond 24/7, and will help restore your home or business to pre-loss condition. Contact us today.