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3 Reasons Your Home Might Flood This Winter

Winters in Southern Idaho are notorious for their biting cold temperatures, heavy snowfall, and unpredictable weather patterns. With the season in full swing, it’s crucial for homeowners to prioritize their home’s safety and well-being. The extreme cold temperatures and unpredictable weather can pose serious threats to your home, which means it’s important to take proactive steps in safeguarding your property. The last thing you’ll want to handle this winter is a cold, wet, basement flood in the middle of January. We all know the best way to fix a flood is to prevent it from happening in the first place, so here are some flood risks to look out for in your house this winter.

 

Ice Dam on Your Roof:

You know those quintessential picturesque white rooftops all around your neighborhood in the wintertime? Don’t be fooled!  As nice as they look, they could be the reason your house floods this winter. When snow gathers on a roof top, it can be melted by the warmth of your home and slide down to the edge of the roof. As this happens over time, the melted snow will turn into a wall of ice that prevents water from draining off the roof. When water is stuck on the rooftop, it can seep under the shingles, causing your roof to leak on the inside. Water damage like this can cause serious damage to furniture, flooring, and walls in your home. If you see an ice dam on your rooftop, it’s important to act fast! Ice dams look like large chunks of ice on the edge of your roof (see picture).

 Removing an ice dam can be dangerous, we recommend calling a professional instead. 

Diagram of ice collecting a the edge of a roof causing internal water damage to the home.

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Broken/Frozen Pipes:

Frozen pipes are one of the most common reasons for basement flooding during winter. When temperatures plummet, the water inside your pipes can freeze, causing them to expand. This expansion can lead to cracks or even bursts in the pipes, releasing a flood of water into your basement once the pipes thaw.  Frozen pipes are less easily prevented than ice dams. However, you can help to prevent pipe bursts by keeping your home as warm as possible, even when you’re out. In extremely cold weather, allow for one faucet in your house to drip. This will help to prevent freezing because moving water is less likely to freeze than stagnant water.

If you do experience a pipe burst in your home, shut off your main water valve and call a local professional for a free inspection immediately.

 

Busted Hose Bib:

Summer days spent in the backyard with the sprinkler may have ended, but that doesn’t mean you can take your attention off your hose! Hose bibs (the outdoor faucet where you connect your hose) can be prone to freezing in the winter months. When a hose bib bursts, it can release a significant amount of water into the interior of your home, causing water damage.

To prevent this issue, winterize your hose bibs before the weather gets cold. You can do this by turning off the water supply to the outdoor faucets and draining any remaining water. Also, make sure to detach all hoses and store them in a shed or garage throughout the winter months. This will prevent water from freezing inside the hoses and potentially causing damage. 

Image of a frozen hose bib outside of a home.

Image by: Desisroofing

 

Conclusion:

 Winter can pose a significant threat to your home’s integrity and your peace of mind. However, if you follow the simple but effective preventative measures outlined above, you can enjoy the winter season without the looming fear of your basement flooding. By staying informed, proactive, and consulting with professionals when needed, you can safeguard your property against the winter’s unique challenges and ensure a dry, safe, and comfortable environment for you and your loved ones.

Here in Eastern Idaho, Flood and Fire Solutions is available 24/7 to help with any unwanted emergencies. Our team of experts can quickly assess the situation, provide immediate assistance, and guide you through the restoration process with efficiency and care. Whether addressing water damage from a burst pipe or mitigating the aftermath of a basement flood, our restoration service team is committed to restoring your home to its previous condition as quickly and seamlessly as possible.