Did you know that a Blue Norther is a fast-moving cold front that causes temperatures 20-30 degrees Fahrenheit in a few minutes? Here in Tulsa, while the cold weather brings just a few falls of snow a year, the potential for water damage is possible every winter day. A blizzard isn’t the only event that can cause water damage to your property in Tulsa.
When the water in the pipes on exterior walls freezes, it expands and puts pressure on the pipes. Sometimes it pushes the metal and plastic pipes to burst. Basements, garages, attics, and kitchen sinks under windows are particularly at risk. Since unheated areas are generally of low importance and low traffic areas, keep an eye open during any cold snaps.
Ice dams are formed on roofs over a heated home. Over several cold days, snow melts during the day and refreezes at night. This chunk of ice can cause a backup, or dam, that keeps the water from flowing off the roof the next day. The water that backs up behind the dam can leak into a home and damage walls, ceilings, insulation, and floors.
Also, the buildup of snow and ice on your roof becomes heavy, putting a lot of pressure on your roof and can cause a weak roof to sag.
Whether precipitation comes as rain, snow, or sleet, it has the potential to flood your home. When snow melts rapidly during a warm period, or during heavy rainfall, the runoff can be more than the ground can absorb. When that groundwater rushes in, it causes more damage than clean tap water. And even worse, floods are seldom covered by homeowner insurance policies.
Often the water that causes stains, mold, and decay actually originates from within the home itself. Cold temperatures outside and warm temperatures inside result in excessive condensation in poorly ventilated attic, basement, and storage spaces. This can lead to potential mold development, as well.
Condensation will also form on cold surfaces like old-fashioned single-pane windows. As warmer moisture saturated air contacts the cold surface, causing the air that is in contact with the window to cool. Moisture then drips onto the sills, frames, insulation, and floors.
Water damage restoration includes the complete process of water cleanup from beginning to end. Another term used is water remediation for this extremely time-sensitive process. You need to 1) fix the original cause of water, 2) remove damaged materials, and 3) repair or replace everything that was ruined. A professional water restoration team like Courtesy Care will handle the entire project, including moving everything back in for you.
Twelve months a year, Courtesy Care is your partner to find water damage problems and make permanent solutions. They provide assistance for both small projects and large floods– doing everything possible to eliminate the spread and cross-contamination of mold in your home.
The onsite technicians, and office staff working behind the scenes, can assist you through the complete cleaning and restoration process. For help with your water damaged home in Northeast Oklahoma and Northwest Arkansas, call as soon as you see water damage.