As fall begins, winter isn’t very far behind, which means ample opportunity for snow, ice, and other probems
Cleveland OH (PRWEB) September 17, 2012
Restoration Local, one of the leading providers of water restoration service in the country, is offering tips to property owners on beginning the winterizing process for homes and businesses. The change in seasons often leaves structures more prone to water damage problems, and it is always recommended to take proactive measures to defend against leaks and flooding.
As fall begins, winter isn’t very far behind, which means ample opportunity for snow, ice, and other probems that can be sources of water damage. The following are recommended approaches for minimizing this threat.
Clean out the gutters. Gutters that are clogged up with leaves and other debris may result in ice dams during the winter, or water pooling on the roof during a hard rain. This in turn may lead to problems such as damaged or missing shingles, roofing leaks, broken gutter systems, etc. Clogged gutters may also result in improper drainage which could mean basement flooding.
Drain the external faucets. Water left sitting in these pipes may freeze and burst, flooding the basement and producing significant water damage and mold problems. The interior valves should be closed off by turning the valves all the way to the right. Be sure the faucet drains completely.
Use caulk liberally. Feel for drafts around windows and doors. If the wind can get in, so can water. Caulk up these drafty areas securely. The result is better insulation from the elements, not to mention a lowered power bill.
Repair your roof. Missing shingles or damaged flashing results in roof leaks, which means water damage. The roof should be in optimal working order before the winter elements begin to set in.
Flush the hot water heater. This should be done every year, as sediment builds up on the floor of the heater and may cause the unit to spring a leak. A leaking hot water heater can flood a basement or garage inside the space of a day, and they are fairly expensive to replace.
Based in Cleveland OH, Restoration Local is one of the leading providers of water restoration in the country, with service in 30 states and more being added every month. They are available 24/7 and all work is guaranteed.