Winter Nightmares: How to Handle the Worst House Disasters

Mother Nature can sometimes bring cruel weather that leads to winter home disasters. Even though a disaster may strike, it is important to handle the situation quickly and efficiently to keep any damage minimal. Listed below are some examples of how to handle the worst house disasters possible.

Frozen Pipes
Frozen pipes are often a winter concern that can quickly turn into a disaster if it happens. The first thing a homeowner should do if their pipes freeze is to quickly turn the water off to the home, and call a professional. Frozen pipes can quickly lead to extensive water damage if not properly taken care of. When pressure from frozen water builds in the pipes, it can easily lead to a burst pipe if not released. Professionals have the latest technology to quickly repair pipes and keep water damage minimal if a burst pipe does occur.

Leaky Roof from an Ice Dam
A leaky roof can also cause a winter home disaster in the terms of extensive water damage if not quickly repaired. According to Great Canadian roofing in Calgary, debris in the gutters of a home can lead to a blockage allowing an ice dam to form. The first thing a homeowner should do if an ice dam has formed and their roof is leaking is to call a professional roofing company. A roofing company can quickly clear an ice dam and allow excess water to drain from the roof. Once the ice dam has been cleared, the roof can be repaired to prevent further leaks within the home.

Tree Through The Roof
Another winter home disaster that can happen, is a tree falling through a home’s roof. Big, old trees can sometimes weaken as they age and result in a limb, or a whole tree, falling through the roof of a home from the excess weight of snow and ice. As soon as a tree has landed on the roof, it is important to enlist the help of a professional roofing company. While waiting for the roofing company to arrive, if possible, a tarp should be placed over any open areas of the roof to help prevent any more water damage within the home.

These are just a couple of many different winter home disasters. Even though it is not always possible to prevent a winter home disaster from occurring, it is important to remember to handle the situation as quickly as possible to prevent unnecessary damage from occurring to the home. Enlisting the help of a professional when damage occurs helps to ensure the situation is efficiently dealt with.

Tim Esterdahl

Tim Esterdahl is the editor of IFCS blog. He is a married father of three and enjoys golf in his spare time.

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