As the days grow shorter and nights get longer in St. George, take these signs as reasons to prepare your home for potential water damage. Wind, hail, water, and freezing damage claims account for more homeowners insurance claims than all other property damage combined. Use these last warm days to scan your home from top to bottom for potential problems.
Walk around the home and view the roof from as many angles as possible. Repair loose, cracked or missing shingles to minimize damage. Keep your attic fully insulated to prevent heat loss through the roof. If heat escapes through the roof, it can melt snow, which could then refreeze and cause an ice dam.
Insulate your attic; you are wasting heat and money if your materials are not up to date. Up to 30% of your home’s heat is lost through the roof. To protect the home from water damage, inspect the attic space for drips, condensation, and signs of moisture.
Clogged gutters prevent proper water drainage, which can leak into your home and cause water damage. Before winter, clear away any debris such as fallen leaves from gutters and make sure downpipes are also clear. Add extensions to downspouts to divert water at least three feet from the foundation.
To protect a faucet on an outside wall from freezing on a frigid night, keep a slow trickle of warm water flowing overnight. If any pipes or ducts travel through an exterior wall, be sure to also use caulking and weather stripping around any entry points. Keep cabinet doors open to increase the airflow when the outside temperature drops.
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In any season, when it comes to water damage cleanup in St. George and Southern Utah, you want the best people handling the situation. The Ally1 Disaster Solutions crew is certified, experienced, and available with immediate response 24 hours a day, 7 days a week for water damage cleanup at (435) 238-4852. Ally1 Disaster Solutions uses state-of-the-art equipment, while Insurance Claims Specialists work directly with YOUR insurance company. Locally owned and with 20 years of experience in the industry, they are Southern Utah’s most experienced and trusted restoration professionals.