Potential Causes of Water Damage to Your Home This Winter

Causes Of Winter Home Water Damage – The more you know, the better prepared you can be. While water damage may occur at any time of year, cold temperatures and inclement weather can combine to trigger winter water damage such as leaks and water intrusion, particularly in residential structures. Another aspect of winter damage is the simple fact that it’s an inconvenient time of year to have to dry out a house. To reduce seasonal risks, be aware of these common sources of water damage in winter: Frozen Pipes: Ice forming in a water supply line can cause internal pressure as high as 2,000 p.s.i. and rupture the pipe, releasing hundreds of gallons per hour. Install pipe insulation on all supply pipes potentially exposed to freezing temperatures such as in the crawl space or up in the attic. When a hard freeze is forecast, open faucets slightly and allow them to drip to relieve pressure if pipes freeze. If water flow stops during extreme cold, assume a pipe has frozen. Don’t wait until it thaws to find out there’s a rupture. Contact us immediately. Ice Dams: When the underside of the upper portion of the roof is disproportionately warm, snow melts faster. Water runs down to the colder portion of the roof then freezes again, obstructing flow of runoff into gutters. Pooling water then seeps through shingles and sub-roofing and causes water damage in the attic. Uneven roof warming is caused by excess attic warmth. Prevent ice dams by making sure the attic is properly ventilated to remain uniformly cold. Seal ceiling cracks, gaps and other openings with caulking...
Prevent water damage to your furnace this winter

Prevent water damage to your furnace this winter

The furnace in your home is the most important appliance in the winter. The impact of home water damage is bad no matter how you look at it, but having your furnace damaged when the temps are freezing outside can be catastrophic. Here are two simple but important ways to protect your furnace from water damage this winter Elevate your furnace: One way to help protect your furnace from water damage is to create an elevated platform upon which the furnace can sit. If your furnace is found in an unfinished basement, you can pour a concrete block and install the furnace there. If it’s in a closet, create a wooden box to hold the furnace. In both cases, having the additional 18-24′′ of height can typically protect against most types of home water damage. Install water sensors near your furnace: Another way to help prevent massive damage to your furnace is to install a water sensor near the unit. They work by sensing water intrusions and alerting you, either by a loud alarm sound or by notifying you via your cell phone. Some even work by shutting off the main water valve to your home so that in the event the water damage is caused by your home’s water supply, that supply will be shut off to prevent additional damage. Please don’t cleanup and dry the process on your own. Contact David at Royal Restoration for Professional Water Damage Restoration Services!...
Prevent Flooding While on Vacation or Away

Prevent Flooding While on Vacation or Away

Everyone loves the holidays and getting ready to visit with family and friends out of town.  After you clean, finish all laundry, put mail on hold, and get the doggies to the boarder, don’t forget to “flood-proof” your home or apartment before you leave for vacation. It’s not hard to set off for a great vacation with peace of mind that your home and property won’t flood while you’re away.  Here are 5 helpful tips to prevent water damage while away on vacation. Invest in a sensor from the local home improvement store.  There are some great new tech gadgets, some even attached to an app you can put on your phone, which will sense a leak and automatically shut off water at the source. Recruit a neighbor or geographically close relative.  It’s worth a bottle of wine or a $20 gift card to Dunkin’ Donuts in exchange for asking a neighbor or friend to pop over and just check in on everything while your gone.  If there IS a problem, a water damage expert can be alerted and engaged right away, preventing further damage and more expensive repairs down the road. Check and clean gutters.  Although they’re outside, if gutters are getting clogged and flooded, this water will back up into the roofline, creating problems.  Additionally, make sure downspouts are sending water at LEAST 4 feet from the foundation, and in a downward slope to prevent flooding around and into the foundation. Turn off water sources to appliances.  We know you probably need the sprinkler to run while you’re away, but water to the ice maker in the...
Winterize Pipes to Prevent Expensive Water Damage

Winterize Pipes to Prevent Expensive Water Damage

Most Water Damage Emergencies in the winter are caused by frozen burst pipes. According to figures from State Farm, about 250,000 homes incur water damage and house flooding each year because of frozen pipes.  Up to 250 gallons of water per DAY can leak from a crack as small as 3mm!  That’s almost unbelievable. When temperatures drop below 20 degrees, pipes are susceptible to damage from expansion and contraction, resulting in cracks as the temperatures fluctuate throughout the day.  Even the pipes IN the house can freeze when temperatures get low. Here are 6 steps to take to help ensure the best possible chance of avoiding water damage to your home this winter from cracking pipes that start to leak. Seal Cracks in Foundation to Prevent Frozen Pipes in Crawlspace. Leave water drizzling from any pipe NOT insulated. Leave cabinet doors open in bathroom and kitchen to allow heat to get back to the pipes. Insulate pipes where possible. Disconnect outside garden hoses. Seal cracks in the foundation which allow freezing air into crawlspaces. Water damage is expensive and inconvenient.  The best disaster recovery plan is prevention.  For Emergency Water Damage Restoration Services 24/7 Call David at Royal Restoration....
What Does Flood Insurance Cover?

What Does Flood Insurance Cover?

What Flood Insurance Does and Does Not Cover   It’s invaluable, but you need to understand the deductibles, dollar limits, and restrictions of Flood Insurance.   What’s Covered: Essential systems in the home. This includes electrical and plumbing systems, furnaces, water heaters, central air conditioners, heat pumps, and sump pumps. It also includes cisterns and the water in them, fuel tanks and the fuel in them, solar energy equipment, water tanks, and pumps.   Appliances; Refrigerators, ranges, and built-in appliances such as dishwashers, washing machines, and dryers are all usually covered. Also portable window air conditioners, freezers and the food in them. Food inside refrigerators, however, is not covered.   Carpeting and window treatments; If you have permanently installed carpeting over an unfinished floor, or any other kinds of carpets over wooden floors, your policy should cover them. Your policy should also include window blinds and curtains.   Permanently installed paneling, wallboard, bookcases, and cabinets; If you have to replace your cabinets, your policy will pay only for the ones that were damaged. That means that if some cabinets were ruined but others were not affected, you might have trouble getting cabinets that match the older ones.   Foundation walls, anchorage systems, and staircases attached to the building; There is an exclusion for “loss caused directly by earth movement even if the earth movement is caused by flood.”   A detached garage, used for limited storage or parking; You can use up to 10 percent of your total building coverage toward your garage, but that amount will be subtracted from the total amount of building coverage but that amount...