Preventing Winter Water Damage

Preventing Winter Water Damage

Water damage is one of the most common and most costly disasters your home can face, and while winter time is generally free of the hurricanes and thunderstorms we see in warmer months, the colder weather brings its own set of challenges.

Rainfall totals in Upstate South Carolina and Western North Carolina average around 4.5 inches in December, and this, in combination with freezing temperatures, can be enough to wreak havoc on your home. The following few easy preventative measures can help keep your home dry, warm, and safe during our chilly and wet winter months.

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Address any existing moisture issues in crawl spaces and basements.

Any moisture already present in your home's crawlspaces and basement has the potential to become a major problem as temperatures fall. Water in and around your home's foundation can freeze, leading to cracks in foundation walls that may cause structural damage. Thompson Brothers Exterminating and Waterproofing can help you preemptively address any moisture concerns before they create long-term damage.

Ensure there is no standing water around your foundation.

Securing the exterior of your home from water damage is just as important as making sure the inside stays dry. During periods of heavy rainfall, the ground reaches a saturation point, and water will flow towards the path of least resistance. Let Thompson Brothers Exterminating and Waterproofing help make certain that water isn’t able to seep into any cracks in your home’s foundation.

Make sure your outer walls and any exposed pipes are properly insulated.

One of the most common causes of water damage in the home is from pipes freezing and bursting. Help prevent this by covering exposed pipes with insulating tape or old towels, opening cabinet doors to allow warm air to circulate around the pipes, and, in extreme low temperatures, letting faucets lightly drip to prevent freezing.

Repair any sign of water damage before it becomes a structural problem.

If you do find yourself in the unfortunate position of having water damage this winter, Thomson Brothers Exterminating and Waterproofing can repair any damaged wood due to moisture issues. Proper repairs will ensure that your home remains structurally sound and able to withstand any storm.

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Taking precautions against winter water damage can allow you to rest easy and stay cozy during December's damp frosty weather. While water damage can potentially be severe enough to ruin your home, Thompson Brothers Exterminating and Waterproofing can help you feel secure in the fact that you're in a solid, water-tight space that will weather any season.


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