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Fall and winter brings with them a host of things to look forward to- the holidays, gathering with friends and family, continuing fun traditions, and the changing of the seasons. Unfortunately, the chilly weather that accompanies them can also have some not-so-fun side affects. Keep reading to learn more about what you might need to keep an eye out for, and what to do when freezing temperatures cause a problem.

Frozen pipe that burst.

Frozen pipes

This is one of the most common causes of water damage in the colder months. As temperatures drop, things begin to freeze- and the pipes that carry water into and out of your home can often be on that list. The water molecules expand when this happens, causing a reaction like a soda can stuck in a freezer (don’t try that one at home!) and the pipes, which can only expand very little, burst open, causing water to flood your home. To prevent this, make sure your pipes are properly insulated, and if temperatures are very low, run a small trickle of water through them to keep things moving and prevent freezing.

Leaky water heaters

Leaking hot water heater flat creek

As you might expect, when the outside air is colder, it becomes harder for things to get warmed up to the proper temperature. During the wintertime, your water heater has to work much, much harder in order to provide the warm water you need. If the heater is old or contains too much sediment, it will absorb heat in a way that makes the process more difficult, and if it has any weaknesses, it can be just a matter of time before it cracks or bursts open completely. Make sure to regularly check your heating unit for cracks, leaks, or unusual noises both before the colder months and even more often throughout, and don’t delay any necessary repairs- it is cheaper to fix a water heater than a flooded house!

So happy to see Christmas come this year!

Overflowing gutters

Everyone knows a clogged gutter spells disaster, but did you know that it’s not just leaves and other debris that can cause this issue? Water can freeze in your gutters, preventing them from properly draining, and causing any additional water to flow over the sides of your roof. The next thing you know, your yard can become a puddle- and this water also has the potential to leak into your basement or the foundation of your home as well. Don’t just check for leaves, sticks, or pine straw when you examine your gutters, but be sure to remove any ice and keep them up to date to prevent leaking.

What next?

The holiday season can come with lots of different things to tackle, but don’t let worrying about water damage be one of them. If you have leaks, mold, or condensation in your home, give the Flood Medix a call at 770-361-6180. It’s our pleasure to not only restore the damage, but leave your home better than we found it, and bring you the peace of mind you need!