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What Issues Can Frozen Pipes and Ice Damming Cause in Kent Homes?

1/2/2022 (Permalink)

icicles hanging off of the gutters and pipes of a house Frozen pipes and ice damming can quietly affect your home. Be vigilant and contact our SERVPRO team if you are facing resulting damage.

SERVPRO Technicians Can Restore the Winter Water Damage in Kent Properties

The threat of water damage within Kent properties looms all year round; however, winter brings its own set of dangers. Cold weather can lead to a host of issues that can be costly, and many of these situations could have been prevented with some proactive winterization of the property.

The danger points for frozen pipes and ice damming to cause problems within Kent properties are actions most homeowners can handle on their own to lessen the chances of this home disaster occurring. First, understanding how ice dams arise is crucial to prevent them. Three main factors play into the event:

  • Poorly or uninsulated attic allowing warm air to escape
  • Snowmelt on the roof causes water to run to the edge
  • Gutters blocked by debris or ice stop the water flow and back it up
  • Roofing with loose or damaged shingles can allow the water from the snowmelt to enter the home

Simply by keeping the gutters on the home clean or installing covers, ensuring the attic has adequate insulation, and keeping snow drifts off the roof can go a long way towards lowering the potential of ice dams causing water damage to the home.

Frozen pipes occur when the water within a line freezes. As water turns to ice, it expands within the pipe and can easily rupture it. The water held back by pressure comes spraying out. Ensuring that pipes up against exterior walls have adequate insulation and wrapping outdoor faucets with a professional cover made from Thinsulate or another comparable product can prevent this from occurring. 

SERVPRO of Kent at (253) 850-1500 stands ready to help local Kent residents with all types of winter water damage issues such as frozen pipes and ice damming.

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