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Different Kinds of Storms in Winter

5/23/2023 (Permalink)

Ice on gutters This shows an example of an ice dam on a home.

When thinking of heavily damaged property, most people associate it with summer storms. However, it's important to note that different types of winter storms can also cause a wide range of damage.

Blizzards, for example, are dangerous winter storms characterized by blowing snow and strong winds. Along with heavy snowfall and severe cold, blizzards can lead to roof collapse due to the weight of accumulated snow. This can result in structural damage and water damage from melting snow. If not addressed promptly, moisture left behind can also cause mold problems. If you require assistance with damage assessment, cleanup, and repairs, SERVPRO of Dubuque can provide the necessary services.

Snow squalls, on the other hand, are intense snow showers accompanied by gusty winds. They can cause significant snow accumulation and drifting. It's crucial to monitor your furnace exhaust vents during such conditions to ensure they remain clear and the furnace vents safely to the outside.

Ice dams are another winter storm phenomenon caused by melting snow. They can lead to water entering your home through the attic when snow melts and refreezes at the eaves instead of running off through the gutters. Proper attic insulation and ventilation are essential to prevent this issue.

Ice and sleet storms pose unique challenges as well. Ice build-up on power lines can cause service outages lasting for hours or even days. In such cases, depending on the outside temperature, it may be wise to shut off your water and drain the pipes to prevent freezing and subsequent damage.

Additionally, ice build-up on trees can cause branches to break and fall on your home, potentially causing significant damage. To minimize this risk, it's recommended to have your trees professionally pruned, which reduces the likelihood of branches causing harm.

In the event that winter storms damage your home, remember that SERVPRO of Dubuque is available to restore your property to its pre-damaged condition. We strive to make it "Like it never even happened."

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