Winter & Spring Water Damage Dangers

With the recent rise of warmer weather, there have been many flood warnings issued for the southeast Idaho area. As the snow continues to melt, your property may be susceptible to flood damage. You may be surprised to learn about the many different ways that water damage can present itself. Below are a few hazards that can lead to potential water damage on your property:

Ice Dams

Ice dams form when uneven snow melts, then refreezes at the edge of a roof preventing the melted snow from running off. Theseblackfoot flooded basement, flooding damage blackfoot, flood damage blackfoot dams rest along the roof eaves and can cause the pooling water to work its way underneath shingles and leak into the home. Drywall, insulation, and other materials can be saturated resulting in significant damage, including the potential for mold growth and needed repairs. 

Roof Damage

If you find cracks or spaces in your roof, the continual, thawing and refreezing of water can get into these crevices. With ice dams, pooling water or excess weight from snow or water on your roof can cause the structural integrity of your roof to collapse. 

Frozen Pipes

If you left your home for the winter season and failed to shut off your water, there is a chance you may have frozen pipes. Depending on the severity of the freeze, you could experience lowered water pressure or have no water coming out of your pipes at all. If you put constant strain on the line, the force could cause your pipes to burst. Even if you were home over the winter and used your plumbing lines there is still a chance for damage. Indoor lines susceptible to freezing can be found in your crawl space, attic, or garage, as these lines are hidden. Outdoor lines such as swimming pool supply lines, hose bibs, and sprinkler lines may also freeze as these lines aren’t well insulated and may have water trapped inside if the lines weren’t blown out before the winter season.

Weather Changes

It isn’t unheard of for Idaho weather to be a little unpredictable with beautiful 60-degree weather bursting one day and snow falling a few days later. Because Idaho can get snow as late as April, it’s important to check your property regularly for any signs of structural insecurity that could be the result from water damage.

Watch Out for Sewage Backups

With the additional runoff going into the flood and sewage systems, any of the older city and county plumbing lines might not be properly maintained to withstand the excess water flowing through the lines. If there are blockages due to tree roots or debris, they can cause an overflowed system to make its way into your home. The sewage system could come up through your toilets or shower creating a nasty disaster.

If you experience any sort of water damage that can result from the winter and spring seasons, seek out the help of a professional flood cleanup team. Like Restore Rite does, make sure you find one that offers emergency 24/7 service because floods can happen anytime, day or night!