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Winter Storms are Coming – Seal Your Home from Water Damage

By Luke Armstrong

The first snow has already started in some areas of the United States this season! While there have not been any reports of snow blizzards or heavy accumulation just yet, this is definitely a great time to begin putting together a plan of attack to combat water damage from melting ice, blowing snow and winter storms.
WinterThe best way to prevent water damage from melting snow is check the construction and condition of your home or office exterior. Here is some great advice for winter proofing your shelter from the storm, courtesy of The Weather Channel:

1. Windows and doors: Check for leaks around your windows and doors, especially near the corners. Check for peeling paint, which can be a sign of water getting into the wood. Inspect for discolorations in paint or caulking as well as swelling in windows, doorframes and surrounding materials.

2. Roof: Repair or replace shingles around any area that allows water to penetrate the roof sheathing. Leaks are particularly common around chimneys, plumbing vents and attic vents. To trace the source of a ceiling leak, measure its location from the nearest outside wall and then locate this point in the attic using a measuring tape. Keep in mind that the water may run along an attic floor, rafters, or truss for quite a distance before coming through the ceiling.

3. Foundation and exterior walls: Seal any cracks and holes in external walls, joints and foundations. Examine closely any locations where piping or wiring extends through the outside walls. Fill all cracks in these locations with sealant.

4. Plumbing: Check for leaking faucets, dripping or “sweating” pipes, clogged drains and faulty water drainage systems. Inspect washing machine hoses for bulges, cracks or wetness. Replace them every few years, or sooner if problems are found. Inspect the water heater for signs of rust or water on the floor.

5. Termite-damaged material: Check for termite damage in wood materials such as walls, beams or floors. Any wood exposed to the exterior can potentially lead to moisture intrusion or termite infestation.

Who can you recommend for water damage restoration services?

If the damage has already been done, and you need a professional to use a full range of water damage remediation techniques for water removal, drying and dehumidifying to prevent further damage, is a great resource for reliable and affordable water damage restoration services in your area! Simply visit the website, select your state from the menu and click on the featured service provider closest to your home. features ServiceMaster experts for everything from mold removal to smoke and fire damage cleanup services across the nation. These highly trained technicians are ready to handle emergencies around-the-clock, or schedule appointment times at your convenience.