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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
At Courtesy Care, we recommend that homeowners consider these preventive steps first to avoid damage:
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.
Call us today or fill out our contact form to begin the water damage restoration process in your home.