Winterizing your Home to Prevent Water Damage

Winterizing your Home to Prevent Water Damage

Winter is already here, and here in the Midwest, it is important to be prepared for the chaos cold weather can bring with it. Our cold season can be filled with dangerous elements that can cause issues and damage in your home if your home isn’t properly safeguarded. Water damage caused by frosty weather can be expensive to repair, so it’s better if you prepare your home for cold weather and storms ahead of time.

While the frigid weather is already upon us, it’s never too late to winterize your home to prevent water damage. Fortunately, there are companies like Daleen Restoration and Remediation who can make sure your home is quickly restored to pre-loss condition after such damage, but there are some ways to prevent the damage altogether.

How to Prevent Water Damage this Winter

During the harsh winter season, there are some major culprits for water damage to look out for:

Burst or frozen pipes: Make sure outer walls and exposed pipes are properly insulated. Close up any caulking cracks and holes you see in walls to prevent cold air from reaching your pipes. Wrap pipes with insulating tape or towels. If you plan to be away from the house for several days, leave the faucets lightly dripping and keep the cabinets under the sink open so warm air can circulate around the pipes. You can also install a detection system that monitors water pressure and will signal water shut off if a leak or blocked pipe occurs.

Ice dams and roof leaks: Clean out your gutters and clean off your roof before cold weather hits to prevent ice dams from forming and roof leaks from occurring. You don’t want melted ice dams to damage your roof and leak into your attic, which can cause structural damage and mold to grow.

Water sources: Shut off water to outdoor hoses and spigots. Drain water from hoses and store them somewhere where they will not freeze or break in the cold.

There are also some simple steps you can take to prevent water damage in your home this winter:

⦁ Keep doors (that open to the outside) closed.
⦁ Do not put your thermostat lower than 55°F when you leave the house or property.
⦁ When at home, keep the heat at a constant temperature and try not to lower it at night.
⦁ Keep all interior doors inside the home open so heat can flow freely throughout.

Water Damage Restoration Services in Lake Geneva, WI

With the above tips in mind, you will be able to prevent a lot of potential water damage this winter; however, not all disasters are preventable. A disaster in your home can happen at any time. Water damage can severely damage your property.

As soon as you spot water damage, contact us at Daleen Restoration & Remediation. When you call Daleen, we listen and take notes about your water damage, no matter the cause. If you report water damage to our team, we will arrive at the scene and assess the water damage. Our team will begin work to mitigate (or reduce and prevent) the amount of water damage that currently is occurring or will occur after a water-related incident (flood, leak, etc.). We specialize in drying properties using minimally invasive techniques, using our professional equipment such as our injectidry system.

Daleen Restoration & Remediation is a complete residential and commercial restoration service company for water, fire, and other disasters, located in and around the Lake Geneva, WI area. We do residential and commercial restoration services within a 35-mile radius of Lake Geneva, WI! If your residential or commercial property has experienced water damage, please call us. Our team is ready to be at your property at a moment’s notice. Click our water damage restoration page to learn more about our services.

To contact us, call us at 262-214-5021.

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