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Storm Damage Risks To Your Property

12/9/2020 (Permalink)

When a good old fashioned New England winter storm or cold temperatures strike, your commercial or residential property may be at risk of storm damage. Among the worst type of storm damage is water, which can take a few forms, including:

  1. Water and ice damage from clogged gutters
  2. Frozen outdoor hoses causing burst valves
  3. A pipe break in exposed plumbing

Clean The Gutters 

Commercial and residential property owners need to regularly clean the gutters. Leaves and debris can cause ice dams during a winter storm, leading to serious water damage. It can force water under eaves and destroy a roof.

Once water gets into unprotected areas, it can cause tons of havoc inside. Plus, mold can grow from wet building materials, and if it gets bad enough, your operations might be shut down while it’s cleaned up. Gutter guards can also help prevent ice dams.

Hoses Can Cause A Plumbing Disaster

Rubber hoses are great tools to help with outside cleanup and landscaping. If left outside during the frigid winter months any residual water in them will freeze. Make sure they are taken in if the weather is supposed to drop below 30 degrees. The water valve can take short excursions below freezing, but not long ones. If you expect a deep freeze, protect the valve with an outdoor foam faucet cover.

Exposed Plumbing 

Virtually every New England winter comes with a prolonged cold spell that will cause burst pipes for many property owners. Properly insulate any exposed copper piping to reduce the risk of water inside them freezing. Also, do not let the temperature inside your property drop below 55 degrees Fahrenheit. 

If your commercial or residential property suffers storm damage this winter call the Disaster Remediation experts at SERVPRO of Foxborough at (508) 533-5305. We will help you make it "Like it never even happened."

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