How cold temperatures lead to water damage and what you can do about it.
With temperatures in the UK dropping, you may already feel the cold snap.
But what does this mean for the safety of your property?
How the cold leads to water damage
During a cold spell, water damage is one of the biggest dangers to your home and business.
The cause of this is likely to be a burst pipe.
This commonly occurs when water in your pipes freezes and expands, leading to pressure build-up and causing them to rupture.
Flooding can also be a concern during the snow. This usually happens when frozen water thaws and leaks from pipes, gutters, or appliances.
This can damage your property in multiple ways, including causing unpleasant smells or odours, wearing away at walls and mortar, causing wood rot, and even fostering mould.
How to spot water damage
When expecting cold temperatures, look out for signs of water damage.
Keep your eyes peeled for:
- Separations on the doors and window frames
- Missing or cracked roof tiles
- Intact guttering
- Rings on the ceiling or walls
- Signs of a leak
- Soft or sagging spots within the flooring:
- Cracked and warped flooring
How to prevent water damage in cold temperatures
When expecting cold temperatures and the water damage they may bring – there are some ways to optimise the safety of your property.
How to guard against damage:
- Turn off outside water sources to prevent frozen or burst pipes.
- Clear your gutters of debris so that any melting snow can flow away easily.
- Inspect your insulation. Inadequate insulation could cause warmth from the house could rise into the attic, causing a damn of ice on the roof.
- Keep windows closed where possible.
- Lay sandbags to prevent flooding from melting snow.
How does ServiceMaster Restore help?
Should the worst happen and your property falls victim to water damage, your local ServiceMaster Restore technicians will be on hand to help with the restoration.
Our experts have the specialist skills and equipment to protect your assets and leave your property as good as new whenever possible.
And, if you choose to claim on your insurance, we work with your insurance company, broker, or loss adjuster on your behalf.
That way, you don’t have to lose sleep worrying about insurance claims when you already have enough on your plate, and we’ll keep you informed every step of the way.
Contact your local restoration experts by finding your nearest ServiceMaster Restore business or by calling 0845 762 6828 in an emergency.