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Water Damage in Dayton Can Occur in the Winter Months as Well

10/25/2016 (Permalink)

Maintaining your roof shingles and gutters is important in preventing water damage in the winter months.

Regular Maintenance of Your Property Can Prevent Water Damage

Most people think of water damage as a spring or summer occurrence, when snowfall and ice are months away, and showers are plenty. However, winter conditions can create problems of their own, with or without snow melt. SERVPRO provides year-round service for this reason, as we know that almost all types of damage can strike without warning at any time of the year. Here are a few ways you might see water damage in your home this winter season.
Snow Melt
Depending on where your home is located, the size of your property, and recent snowfall, melting snow can be one of the largest contributing factors to water damage in Dayton. When many inches of snow melt at once, often within a few hours, some homes are ill-equipped to deal with the rooftop or even yard snow melts. Keeping your roof, walls, and home leak-free is the key to stopping significant damage from this source, as chances are that your home is already designed to withstand winter conditions normally.
Ice Dams Between Roof Shingles
In some cases, water can slip between the cracks of your roof shingles, freezing overnight. This can open up your attic and roof to a multitude of problems, and perhaps cause long-term damage to the roofing as well. Be sure to examine your attic whenever heavy snow hits, as it may be causing unseen and unheard problems.
Cracked Concrete and Masonry
If you have a stone or concrete surface in your home with small cracks in it, this could end up being a source of damage to your home. When liquid water works its way into these cavities but then freezes up later, it expands, pushing the stone apart. If this is repeated hundreds of times, it can literally break apart your concrete. Make sure to keep exposed concrete crack-free, and if water can get in and freeze, you may want to have the cracks sealed up before any harm can come.
SERVPRO of Lafayette is prepared 24/7 in all seasons to respond to your water damage emergencies. With local owners and employees but national-scale resources, we bring the heat to any cold winter disaster. Call us at (765) 420-0077.

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