Protecting Your Home from Winter Weather
A harsh, cold winter in Western Montana can have devastating effects on a home if you’re not properly prepared, and may result in unexpected damage. Below are some of the common causes of damage in the winter months.
- Power outages - Heavy snow and high winds are a recipe for widespread power outages. It’s important to prepare a plan now before a possible outage by learning about alternative heat sources and knowing how to safely use them in your environment.
- Frozen Pipes – A frozen pipe can burst at the point where the ice blockage inside the pipe is located, but typically the rupture is caused by the back flow pressure between the water source and the blockage.
- Ice Dams – Ice dams can be a major problem during the winter season. They form when heated air melts roof snow downward into water dammed behind still-frozen ice. When the trapped water cannot easily flow or run into the gutter system, it can back flow under the roof’s shingles and into the structure’s interior areas.
- Puffbacks – A messy furnace malfunction, such as a puffback occurs when an oil burner backfires, sending soot throughout your home. It can happen all at once covering an interior in grimy soot, or a slow gradual leak.
There are a few preventative measures a homeowner can take to protect it from winter storm damage, such as:
- Have a reliable back-up power source to ensure continuous power to the building, or an alternative heat source.
- Insulating all attic penetrations.
- Ensuring proper seals on all doors and windows.
- Sealing all cracks and openings in exterior walls.
- Having an Emergency Preparedness Kit with three days of food, water, prescription medication and other supplies ready, is also important.
If you experience unexpected damage this winter remember SERVPRO of Missoula is faster to any size disaster, bringing the latest equipment and training to help make the water damage “Like it never even happened.” Call us at 406-327-9500.