Winter Prep For Residential Houses in Portage County
The winter months are upon us soon now. Freezing temperatures, ice, snow and wind can cause severe damage to your home and property. SERVPRO of Portage County has some tips to help you protect your home before winter storm damage:
Build Up of Ice and Snow on Your Roof
Ice dams occur when heat from a house escapes the attic and warms the roof. Snow on the roof melts and then refreezes, causing a ridge of ice to form and trap water on the roof. Protect your roof by thoroughly cleaning your gutters in the late fall, now is the perfect time before winter. Clogged gutters may allow ice to form and back up under the roofline.
Plumbing Inside and Outside Your Home
Plumbing located within exterior walls or unheated crawl spaces is the place for freezing or bursting. All interior pipes should be insulated or have wall insulation around them, such as attics and crawl spaces.
Fireplaces, Furnaces and Heating Systems
Improper use or poor maintenance of heating systems can cause fire and smoke damage. Wood burning fireplaces or stoves are among the worst culprits for fires. Clean chimneys and flues on fireplaces and stoves annually to help prevent fires.
If you run into having water damage from any storm, give SERVPRO of Portage County, (330) 677-4483, a call to help restore your home in an efficient manner.