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Storm Damage: Not Just a Warm Weather Worry

10/24/2019 (Permalink)

Frozen pipes Since water expands, even a slightly frozen pipe with a minimal amount of residual water has the potential to break

When the temperature drops in Rosedale, NY, business owners may think they have a reprieve from flooding or brutal thunderstorms damaging their property. Unfortunately, freezing temperatures, snow and ice can have a negative impact on a building.

Types of Cold Weather Damage

Once the thermometer dips below 32 degrees, any form of standing water or weather precipitation can create the potential need for a professional to do some major repairs on a property. Causes of potential damage include:

  • Ice – Along with being a major factor in power outages, ice accumulation can also weaken roofs. When ice dams form, they can damage the roof and eventually cause problems to gutters and turn into a leak that can affect insulation and drywall.
  • Snow – Gentle, light snow may create a winter wonderland, but in the right conditions, it can turn into a wet, heavy snow. If enough accumulates, its weight can begin to put stress on a roof.
  • High Winds – No matter what the season, harsh winds can do a number on trees. If a branch is near the roof, it can eventually begin to scrape and scratch the texture of the roof or tear off shingles.
  • Flooding – A wet, heavy snow of around 4 inches contains about 1 inch of water. If a severe rainstorm happens after the snow thaws, the saturated ground may not be able to handle anymore moisture.

Freezing Pipes a Top Problem

Even if there is no snow or other visible damaging weather besides cold weather, it can still be enough for a burst pipe situation. Since water expands, even a slightly frozen pipe with a minimal amount of residual water has the potential to break. If your property has water lines exposed to the elements, ensure they are completely drained and insulated before the cold season approaches.
Instead of dealing with a burst pipe or potential roof leak, taking preventive measures can make a big difference. If damage does happen to your property, count on help that makes it “Like it never even happened”.

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