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Category Archive: Water Damage

  1. Winter Water Damage Is Real – Learn How To Protect Your Home

    The January thaw has melted away Raleigh’s recent winter weather. Though the snowpocalypse did not materialize this time, it is important for homeowners to be prepared for the potential damage their homes can incur during winter storms. For two more months, central North Carolinian’s will have a close eye on the weather.

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    Can Winter Weather Cause Water Damage To Your Home?

    Short answer: Yes. Winter storms bring a variety of precipitation types that can cause damage to your home. We typically worry about water damage when it comes to hurricanes, tropical storms and flooding, however, snow and ice can also result in water damage.

    The most common sources of winter water damage include:

    • Leaking or burst water pipes
    • Water invasion from outside
    • Humidity (even in winter)
    • Poor drainage due to snowmelt and ice damming

    Roof damage could lead to water leaking into your basement. Moisture build up creates an environment favorable for mold development. When ice causes water to flow unevenly from your roof or through your yard, your basement or crawlspace is susceptible to water invasion and damage.

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    Extreme Cold And Homeowner Hazards

    Temperatures in the teens and single digits present numerous hazards for homeowners, including:

    • Frozen and burst pipes
    • Damage to sensitive plants
    • The health of pets and livestock
    • Icicles and icy porch steps

    What Do You Inspect After a Storm?

    Inspect your home’s roofing after a storm. Look for signs of damage: sagging or missing shingles, damaged soffit or fascia, etc. Additionally, check inside your attic for moisture. Ice damming can cause snowmelt to channel into your basement or crawlspace. Mold can develop within 48 hours of the occurrence of water damage and excess moisture; therefore, it is important to look for signs of moisture accumulation after the storm.

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    What Do You Do About Winter Water Damage?

    If you do find water damage or excess moisture in your crawlspace, basement, or attic, it is important to identify the source of the excess moisture.

    Additionally, remove waterlogged carpet and furniture. If allowed to dry properly, these items can be saved. It is vital to act before mold develops. We recommend contacting a professional whenever you find water damage. Remtech is here to help. Contact us if you find water in your home after winter weather.

  2. Stay Off Santa’s Homeowner Naughty List: Avoid Frozen Pipes This Winter

    Twas the night before Christmas, and it seemed things were cursed,
    Water pipes were freezing and ready to burst
    Upstairs in their beds the family cozily rests
    Unbeknownst in the crawlspace water pipes failed their tests

    Under their home there arose such a clatter
    The leak started with a drip, drip, pitter patter
    Though it grew louder, the homeowners knew not
    The growing concerns of mold and wood rot

    But on Christmas morning they would awake grumpy
    Because in the kitchen the floor’s kind of lumpy
    They’ll have to vacate their house while it receives aeration
    Hopefully there’s no need of mold remediation

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    Extreme cold can cause pipes to freeze and burst, leading to water damage and mold development. If you want to avoid Santa’s Homeowner Naughty-list, make sure you are prepared to take the necessary steps to avoid frozen water pipes this winter.

    Why Do Water Pipes Freeze and Burst?

    In Raleigh, temperatures dip below freezing about 70 times per year. When temperatures drop below 32 degrees, water in your pipes can freeze. When water freezes, it expands and can cause your pipes to burst. Frozen pipes are much more common along exterior walls and underneath your home, where there is little insulation to prevent freezing.

    In our state, we experience all four seasons. Rather than long, snowy winters, Raleigh’s cold snaps come with freezing temperatures. Most homeowners in North Carolina don’t insulate their pipes, making them more susceptible to freezing when temperatures do dip low.

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    How Do I Prevent My Pipes from Freezing?

    Homeowners can be vigilant against freezing pipes. Pay careful attention to the weather forecast, and perform these simple tasks:

    • Insulate Exposed Pipes: Use pipe-insulation to insulate exposed pipes under your home.
    • Let Water Drip from Faucets: On especially cold evenings, allow warm water to drip from your kitchen faucet.
    • Fix Active Leaks: If water is already leaking from your pipes, freezing temperatures may exasperate the issue. Make sure all leaks are repaired before the cold sets in.
    • Open Cabinets: Especially for pipes against exterior walls and in cold areas of your home (basements), open cabinets to expose pipes to heat.
    • Close Garage Doors: If water pipes run through your garage, keep the doors closed during the winter.

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    My Pipes Froze, Now What?

    During winter, if you turn your kitchen faucet on only to discover there is no water, you probably have a frozen pipe. Time is of the essence. Mold can develop within 48 hours of the occurrence of water damage. If you have a frozen pipe, follow these steps:

    1. Find the frozen pipe. Determine if it is leaking or has burst. The culprit will likely be along an exterior wall or under your home.
    2. If the frozen pipe has not burst, you may be able to thaw it with a hair dryer. Do not try to thaw pipe with an open flame or torch.
    3. If the pipe has burst, turn off the main water supply. If the leak is near electrical appliances, turn off the main power to those appliances.
    4. Assess the extent of the damage. Leaking water can be pervasive. Depending on the size and location of the leak, water damage may extend to carpets, walls, and the sub-floor. Determine whether you should call a professional. Err on the side of caution.
    5. Remove wet furniture, carpet, etc. Use towels to soak up the all of the water.
    6. Contact a professional, especially if there is evidence water soaked your walls or sub-flooring. A professional water damage expert will dry the area with wet-vacs and dehumidifiers. If the water is not properly dried, mold will likely develop.

    You may choose to skip all of these steps and contact a professional immediately. Remtech has decades of experience repairing water damage. Furthermore, we can help determine if mold is present and whether remediation will be required. Don’t let the cold ruin Christmas. Be vigilant against the rising flood of frozen pipes.

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