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What Preventative Methods Do Poughkeepsie Residents Need to Avoid Frozen Pipes and Ice Damming?

12/19/2021 (Permalink)

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SERVPRO Advises Poughkeepsie Residents on How to Protect their Home from Frozen Pipes and Ice Damming this Winter

Storms can bring in adverse weather conditions, including below-freezing temperatures. Sometimes a long period of cold weather can cause pipes to freeze and subsequently burst. As the winter months approach, it can be helpful to conduct an assessment of your home's plumbing to reduce the possibility of frozen pipes. When assessing your home for potential frozen pipes, the areas of most concern include:

  • Exposed or improperly insulated parts of the property
  • Garages, crawlspaces, and attics
  • Gardening equipment such as sprinklers or external water storage units

Preventative measures to reduce frozen pipes and ice damming in your Poughkeepsie home are an inexpensive way to avoid high costs. Simple property maintenance, such as removing ice shingles from guttering periodically, can help to save time and expense. Ice dams can tear guttering away from the property or cause excessive blockages inside pipes in difficult situations. There are also several types of equipment that can help to lower the chances of ice dams forming altogether, these include:

  • Investing in heating cables for your roof. Heated lines are fairly energy efficient and can be attached to the exterior of your home where ice dams form. 
  • Another alternative is to insulate your attic spaces. A warm attic from living quarters heating can cause snowmelt promoting ice damming.
  • Raking the roof can stop ice damming. Aim to remove the snow from the roof at regular intervals. Removing snow raises the roof's temperature and prevents ice dams from forming. 

Avoid unnecessary expenses and property repairs this winter. Contact SERVPRO of NW & SE Dutchess County if you suffer property damage at (845) 635-4550.

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