Winter Weather Causing Water Damage in Your Home? | Courtesy Care

Every year, the Northeast Oklahoma region experiences extreme winter weather. During the winter, you can expect freezing temperatures, lots of snow, and strong winds. Snow accumulations and melting snow can cause extensive water damage to your home if left unchecked.

Ice Dams on Your Roof

Whenever temperatures stay below zero degrees for a prolonged period, it’s common for ice dams to form on your roof. You’ll see a huge amount of ice, with spikes of the ice sometimes hanging from the edges of the roof. While this might look pretty, ice dams can cause extensive damage if not dealt with. Depending on the weight of the ice, it could cause your roof to bend inwards. The longer ice stays on the roof, the more it weakens its structural integrity.

Burst Pipes

Winter water damage is often caused from burst pipes. During extreme winters, the water in your home’s pipes could dip beyond freezing point. As water freezes, it expands, and your pipes aren’t designed to accommodate that expansion. Pressure begins to build within the pipes, which leads to bursting and could cause flooding in your home.

Roof Damage from Strong Winds

Sustained high winds or strong gusts over 50 mph can damage your roof. Damaged or missing shingles can expose your roof deck and flashing. Water caused from melting snow or ice can seep through damaged or exposed areas into your home, damaging ceilings, walls and possibly causing mold or mildew.

Pooled Water from Snowmelt

Snowmelt is also possibility during the winter months as temperatures warm up. If not checked, snowmelt can cause water damage all around your home. You could experience large volumes of water pooling in your basement or around your slab foundation. This can cause mold growth or damage to your home’s foundation, which could be expensive to repair.

Water Damage Prevention and Restoration

At Courtesy Care, we recommend that homeowners consider these preventive steps first to avoid damage:

  • Clean your roof and gutters before the winter season to allow snow to slide down and for water to be channeled away.
  • Insulating or winterizing pipes can help prevent them from bursting.
  • Improving the drainage in your basement and crawl spaces can help mitigate damage from pooled water from snowmelt.

However, if you do experience damage from winter weather, don’t panic. Courtesy Care has the knowledge, resources and manpower to fix all kinds of water damage. We are dedicated to helping people move forward; even after the worst forms of water damage.

Why Hire Courtesy Care?

  • We are professional. All Courtesy Care technicians are thoroughly educated, with high levels of training in the field. We also background check all employees to ensure total professionalism.
  • We are experienced. Water damage restoration can be challenging. Fortunately, we have been in the industry for decades and performed restorations for hundreds of families.
  • We provide 24/7 emergency services. Pipes can burst at any time, even in the middle of the night or on weekends. In such situations, just give us a call and we’ll be right there.

Call us today or fill out our contact form to begin the water damage restoration process in your home.

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