You can’t afford to not prevent water damage.
This seems practical, doesn’t it? Well, many of the water damage projects we work on could have been prevented with simple home maintenance; or at least by following best home practices. Thus, we’d like to highlight 4 tasks that you can do this Winter to help prevent water damage from happening within your home.
Clean your roof.
Here in Minnesota we get a lot of snow during the Winter months. While it is pretty, it’s important to remember that it’s simple frozen water sitting in your yard, on your trees, and most importantly, on your roof. And as the snow melts in the Spring, this liquid will need to go somewhere. Unfortunately, if there are any blockages, it often finds its way inside the home (attic, walls, windows, etc.). To help prevent this, we recommend that you purchase a roof rake to remove the snow periodically throughout the Winter months, leaving less water in the Springtime.
Install a leak detector.
In many cases, leaks occur around your most used appliances (washer, sinks, refrigerators, etc.). With this in mind, it’s a good idea to install a leak detector for each of these items. Depending on the system you purchase, you can either be notified if there is a leak, or have your water shut off immediately if a leak is noticed. Sometimes it’s better to work smartner, not harder. This is especially the case when it comes to water damage and leaks around your most used home appliances.
Double check your insurance.
With the proper insurance coverage, experiencing water damage isn’t actually that big of a deal (well, relatively). Please be sure to double check with your homeowners insurance that you’re covered if there are any water damage issues within your home. Specifically, be sure to ask about the replacement coverage, what is and what isn’t covered, and what would happen if you needed to file a claim (where would you stay, etc.).
Insulate exposed pipes.
Depending on the age of your home, and it’s insulation, you may need to further insulate exposed pipes. As the weather gets colder, pipes and the liquids within them will freeze, which can lead to a potential burst. With some additional insulation, your home’s pipes will be protected against the elements, and the dangerous effects cold weather can bring throughout the Winter months.
These are just a few tasks for you to consider to help prevent water damage this Winter. If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to reach out to our team.
We’re always happy to help.
-Green Clean Team