Freezing Water - The Science of Keeping Freeze and Water Damage at Bay
Water begins to freeze at 32 degrees Fahrenheit or 0 degrees celsius. Weather like this makes for the perfect snow day or ice skating day, but perhaps not the best day for your home or business. When the temperature outside begins to drop to below 32 degrees, you may end up with water or freeze damage if you are not well prepared. So, how exactly can you stay ahead of the freezing weather? Here are a few measures that you may want to consider this year:
- If this is your first time evaluating your property for freezing weather, it may be important to make sure that your structure is well insulated (especially if it is an older building). When the temperature drops below freezing, that old Vermiculite or mineral wool may not stand up to the cold. (make sure to check your attic’s insulation as well)
- Make sure that your pipes are well insulated. This is a fairly easy task and can be a DIY project. Taking this step to protect your home or business may help you in the long run by avoiding pipes bursting and breaking.
- Check your gutters before it gets too cold. The build-up in your gutters may create a blockage and prevent proper water drainage. If this happens the water will need to go somewhere, and the last place you will want it is inside.
- Examine your foundation and windows for holes and cracks. You may find small openings that do not look intimidating, but when it gets cold and wet enough they may be susceptible to expanding and further damage. If you notice these spots seal them up with spray foam insulation, caulk, or whatever other materials you may need.
Taking just a few simple steps and extra time may save you a big headache later on down the road. Some of the steps mentioned above are even projects that you can handle yourself - even if you are not the most experienced with home improvement. If you find yourself in an emergency situation with water or freeze damage this year, give SERVPRO of Canton a call any time day or night. We can come out to give you an evaluation, and help you get back to normal as soon as possible!