Melted snow intrusion

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Winter water damage can be destructive.

Water intrusion is all the more possible during the winter season. When a homeowner fails to properly maintain his home, and forgets some details and tasks like gutter clearing and roof maintenance, these can all build up and give way to water damage.

Fortunately there are ways to prevent winter water damage. Careful planning, and monitoring of home fixtures can help avoid these destructive occurrences that could end up as an expense. for instance came up with a comprehensive advice for homeowners who want to ensure that water will not make way to its home and cause water damage during the snow season.

“Avoid costly repairs by learning to spot potential problem areas before water damage is done. When cold weather approaches, it’s time to give your home’s exterior a once-over to make sure water won’t find its way indoors. There are ways to spot the problem areas on your home’s exterior before a drip from the ceiling or a flooded basement alerts you. You just need to learn to think like water.”

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Where water may intrude meanwhile shared areas around the home where water can intrude and eventually cause very damaging indoor flooding. In the same article they also mentioned several tips to prevent water damage during the winter season.

“You can help prevent future leaks and water intrusion by regularly inspecting the following elements in your home: Flashing: A thin metal strip typically found around doors, windows, thresholds, chimneys and roofs, flashing is designed to prevent water intrusion in spaces where two different building surfaces meet.”

The continuation can be found here.

Not everything is covered by insurance

The Chicago Tribune meanwhile warned its readers that not all types water damage can be paid for by a homeowner’s insurance policy. In its article, it explained that when the homeowner failed to do its part in maintaining his home to prevent water damage from occurring, the damage may not be covered. Check over here  

“Especially with roofs that are 20 or 30 years old, depending on the policy, it’s possible the insurer might say wear and tear ultimately caused the roof to fail. If the roof is old and an ice dam occurred, Gross said, it’s possible the insurer may only pay a depreciated value, if it does pay.”

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Homeowners should indeed do their part in helping prevent water intrusion inside the home. After all, it is their property and they will still experience inconvenience even if the damage will be shouldered by their insurance provider.