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.
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.
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.
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.