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Preparing for Spring

Posted at March 8, 2013 | By : | Categories : Blog,Water Damage | 0 Comment

Every season brings its own concerns and hazards to a home. After bearing the harsh winter of temperatures significantly rising and dropping, home owners now must worry about the melting snow. Water damages are major concerns throughout the winter seasons due pipes freezing and bursting. It is also an issue during the spring season due to the spring thaw and all the snow melting. Although you can never completely eliminate the chances of damages from happening, there are many steps that can be taken to help reduce the risk.

Water is able to penetrate into a home through cracks in the foundation or in window sills due to the fluctuating weather. During warm weather, water seeps into the ground and when the temperature drops, the water freezes. When the water freezes, it expands and pushes the foundation causing cracks. Even the smallest, hairline crack can allow a significant amount of water into your home.

It is vital to ensure that all water flows away from your home, not towards it. It’s important to remove heavy amount of snow from the perimeter of your home and make sure that the eavestrough are clean and not blocked. If your eavestroughs are blocked, or not properly installed, they can cause water to flow back towards your home and cause significant flooding and or cause mold growth.

The condition of your roof also plays an important role in reducing chances of water entering your home. Improper maintenance can cause serious damages to a home. If such damages due occur it is vital to find the source of water penetration and eliminate it. By ensuring that all pipes and pumps are clean and working properly, homeowners can reduce the chances of any water entering their homes and decreasing the possibility of damages.

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