Prepare in Advance to Protect Your Home from Winter Water Damage

by Allied / Thursday, 01 September 2016 / Published in Water Damage

While fall has only recently arrived, it’s not too early to start preparing your home to protect it from water damage in Montana before winter arrives.

The following tips may prove useful:

  • Disconnect and turn off water-related devices:

    If your area is hit by ice this winter and there is undrained water in your pipes, the pipes can freeze, which may then cause them to burst. To prevent this, disconnect any garden hoses and store them inside. Drain the water left in any outdoor faucets. You’ll also want to hire a professional to blow out any in-ground sprinkler pipes. Take a close look at your pipes, and if any look like they might present problems, apply heat tape to ensure that they stay warm during cold weather. This will reduce the chance that they will freeze.

  • Be sure your sump pump is in good working order:

    Slowly pour several gallons of water into the sump pit. Observe whether it turns on. You should perform this task every few months, particularly if the most recent season has been dry or if a heavy season of rain is anticipated for your area. A working sump pump helps ensure that any damage caused by water entering your home is reduced. Also keep the warning signs in mind that may indicate your septic tank is about to flood.

  • Clean your gutters:

    Take the time now to have your gutters cleaned well before winter arrives. The professional you hire will remove any detritus that currently resides there. If you don’t have your gutters cleaned before winter, especially if you live in an area prone to snow and ice, you run the risk that the debris in your gutters will cause water to back up against your home and damage your property’s siding, roofing and wood trim. Leaks and ice dams—clumps of ice that can lead to a backup of snowmelt that could make its way into your home—could also develop. At the same time that the professional cleans your gutters, ask if they will repair any damaged or missing gutters and fascia boards.

  • Prep your downspouts:

    If your downspouts don’t already have extensions, it’s smart to have them installed. This will allow any water that comes near your roof to run at least several feet away from your home’s foundation.

  • Move any key items accordingly:

    Take the time now to be sure that any chemicals, valuables or other items that need to remain dry are removed from the floor. In addition, arrange any items around your furnace, water heater and other appliances as needed so that there is a visible space around each. Positioning your washer and dryer off of the floor so that they are stationed on a platform of some sort if possible will also help reduce the chances of water damage.

Once you’ve figured out the necessary work you’ll need for your home as winter approaches, you’re ready to contact a professional with the expert knowledge and tools who will do the job correctly the first time. Contact the team at Allied 24/7 Property Restoration to schedule an appointment for services to help mitigate the chances that your home will experience water damage in Montana this winter.

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