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How To Handle Winter Storm Damage?

12/18/2020 (Permalink)

2 copperline pipes and black pipe behind drywall Prevent storm damages by following SERVPRO of El Dorado Hills/Placerville's winter storm damage tips! If you need help, call 916-933-3890!

Disaster strikes all year round, ranging from wildfires, rain storms, to winter storms. So what do you do in preparation for these storms? As we approach the winter season, SERVPRO of El Dorado Hills/Placerville recommends that you take the necessary precautions to handle winter storm damage to your home or business. Doing so will prevent additional damage to your property. Our SERVPRO Franchise Professionals have the winter storm experience, expertise, and the resources to remediate damage caused by winter weather!

Some things to keep in mind during the winter season are frozen pipes, snow and ice build-up, and attic condensation.

  • Frozen Pipes

Consider where you live! El Dorado County sees freezing temperatures, so make sure your home has frost proof faucets or weather-proofed pipes. Many of the pipes that break during winter are located outside, so remove all hoses that are attached to the faucets. Always keep your heater above 60 degrees, even when gone, as this can cause pipes to freeze and break. Consult a plumber to inspect your pipes prior to the winter season.

  • Ice Damming

A threat to your roof is snow and ice melting from the internal heat of your home or business; however, the heat is not evenly distributed across the roof, and the melting water that collects in the cold areas can freeze into ice. Ice dams can prevent melted water from running off your roof, causing it to pool, freeze and expand on the roof where it can cause further leaks and damages. Have your roof inspected regularly before the winter season by a licensed roofer.

  • Attic Condensation

When snow, ice and water build up on your roof, the warm air rising through your home can reach that cold roof deck in your attic and turn into condensation. This can lead to wood rot and mold. Make sure your attic is properly vented. Venting will allow warm air to escape the house without reverting back into a liquid. Again, consult a professional roofer for proper inspection.

Remember that heavy snow and ice can stress your roof and lead to leaks or even a sagging ceiling. Before winter begins, take these necessary precautions to prevent winter storm damage. SERVPRO of El Dorado Hills/Placerville can handle any kind of storm damage throughout El Dorado County, Amador County, Placer County and Sacramento County. Call our office today at 916-933-3890.

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