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Is Water Damage Expected in Federal Way Homes this Winter?

12/28/2021 (Permalink)

drawing of man, bundled in winter clothes, thawing frozen pipes with hair dryer An ounce of prevention goes a long way. Protect your pipes from freezing this winter.

Cold Snaps and Rough Winter Weather Can be Damaging to Federal Way Properties

The winter months bring beauty and excitement to the area, but intermittent harsh conditions can leave homes and businesses threatened by disasters like frozen pipes or storm flooding. Understanding these concerns and how to prevent them might save your property costly restoration.

How Do Pipes Freeze?

Winters can impact properties in many ways, including frozen pipes and ice damming in Federal Way structures. Frozen pipes occur when severe temperatures surround exposed pipes or standing water in fixtures expands and ruptures the line. These problematic situations impact several areas like:

  • Wall assemblies
  • Cabinets
  • Flooring
  • Ceiling materials 

What is Ice Damming?

Ice damming is when the environmental conditions freeze snowmelt faster than it runs into gutters. The result is a ridge forming on the roof eaves, building steadily into a dam that allows no new water to pass. Pooling has nowhere to escape but back underneath shingles and into the attic space. Some of the affected areas include:

  • Shingles
  • Insulation
  • Attic flooring
  • Underlayment materials
  • Joists

Are There Preventative Actions That Could Avoid Damage? 

As overwhelming as situations like freezing pipes, flooding, and plumbing ruptures might be for the property, a few strategies are feasible to help minimize these possibilities. Avoiding broken or burst lines can often be as direct as ensuring exposed plumbing is sufficiently shielded from the cold with foam installation. Likewise, ice damming is avoidable, focusing on insulation in the attic or more direct approaches like installing heated cables on the roof surface.

How Can Our SERVPRO Team Help? 

If you have not sufficiently acted to prevent the spread and severity of these potential conditions and damage occurring, our SERVPRO team is Here to Help. We have experienced professionals capable of implementing unique strategies to eliminate threatening situations through mitigation and thorough drying. 

When you suffer the worst of the damages the winter season can cause a home or business, you can depend on our SERVPRO of Federal Way to help. Give us a call today at (253) 838-8999.

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