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How does the Cold Affect Water Damage

2/8/2021 (Permalink)

If it’s never happened to you before, you may not think twice about the possibilities of water damage. With winter officially upon us, rain will be turning into snow, which will begin to accumulate on and around your home. A real possibility is that it will then turn into ice, which is even harder to keep away from your home. Below are a few ways the cold weather can cause damage to your home this winter season and how it can pose a threat.


When you first think about ice, the immediate dangers may not be obvious. However, ice that is packed to your roof, on your driveway, or even against your siding can slowly damage those areas over time. Chips can form, which can expose your house to the outside elements. All of that heat you're trying to keep within the home can now actually leak outside, while moisture can find its way inside. It’s best to monitor condensation and any changes you see within your home.


Ice can also cause cracks when it's lodged inside of something. Again, that expanding and shrinking that ice does with varying temperatures causes any surface to move with it. This can cause that area to crack or bend in response, which can impact the integrity of your home. When the ice eventually melts, that water can leak right into those cracks and cause both water and mold damage wherever it goes.

Exposure To Mold

One last aspect that you might not consider is the role of mold. While mold requires a certain temperature and moisture to spore and grow, it's still alive within the ice. You may not think twice about it if you notice a bit of ice in your home, but it’s important to be weary. When that ice melts, the mold bacteria can be released inside of your home and cause damage, odors, and costly repairs.

If you or someone you care about experiences damage this winter, make sure your first step is the right one. When it comes to managing the damage, make sure the team you call is professional and swift with their efforts. SERVPRO of East Meadow/Westbury is at the ready 24/7, no matter the emergency. To receive assistance for water damage, get in contact with us today at 516-334-2927!

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