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Winter Water Damage Concerns for Homes and Buildings in Mahwah, NJ

November 24th, 2014 · No Comments

ServiceMaster Metropolitan provides water removal and restoration in Mahwah, NJ and nearby areas.

Winter has arrived in the Northeast. The recent massive snowfall has most residents scrambling to find the shovels and rock salt they didn’t realize they needed in November. Though we are no strangers to snow in November, this year has been record breaking in both temperatures and timing of snowfall. As such, you need to prepare for the possibility of water damage in your Mahwah, NJ home.

Flooded Basements and Homes
With this much wet, heavy snow so early in the season, there wasn’t much of a chance for the ground to freeze and repel the snow from sinking in. As such, there is a greater possibility of your basement flooding, especially if an unexpected warm day melts it all again. To combat flooding, be sure to keep an eye on your basement and ensure that your sump pump is working properly.

Ice Dams
The need for water damage restoration can occur in any part of your home, from top to bottom. Ice dams are a common occurrence on the roofs of homes. They form when melting snow on a roof refreezes at the edge before it is allowed to fall off. In turn, this creates a water backup behind the block of ice. Leaky roofs and water damage behind walls are common symptoms of an ice dam. Ensure your attic is properly insulated and keep a close eye on icicle formations this winter.

Burst Pipes
In addition to heavy snowfall, we have also been experiencing much colder temperatures than normally expected. Though it’s nothing compared to last year’s Polar Vortexes, it has still been unpleasant and problematic. If you have a vacation home in the area, be sure to drain your pipes or insulate them to prevent the water inside them from freezing. The pressure from water behind a blockage can cause pipes to burst and leave you in a watery mess.

The holidays are a stressful time, and you don’t need to worry about water damage restoration while your family and friends are visiting. Prepare for winter by being aware of the common water damage causes listed above.

If you do find yourself in need of water damage restoration in Mahwah, Livingston, Jersey City, Hamburg, or Hackettstown, NJ, contact ServiceMaster Metropolitan. Our technicians are IICRC certified and will be on the scene ASAP to get your home back to normal as quickly as possible. Have a safe and happy holiday season!

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