Preventing Ice Dams and Frozen Water Pipes

Seasonal maintenance is always important, but even more so as we head into February, when temperatures really begin dropping off. Luckily, through taking certain precautions, homeowners can guard against the worst of winter’s ravages. Taking the right steps now can help you prevent two of the most common — as well as serious and expensive — risks to your home: ice dams and frozen pipes.

We’ll now discuss how these events happen and run through the preventative measures you need to take.

What Causes Ice Dams & What Can Be Done to Prevent Them From Forming?

Ice dams normally happen as a result of heavy snow buildup melting during the day and then refreezing at night with the lower temperatures. If this cycle continues for several days, the melted water and ice will gradually form under shingles and enter the attic, causing damage to your ceiling, walls and property.

Luckily, you can prevent this with standby generators. These will turn on within seconds of an outage and keep your electricity going until power is restored.

Before it starts getting too cold, it’s important to make sure your generator is running properly and can get you through the season. 

You can prevent ice dams from forming through taking the following steps:

Frozen pipes can also cause considerable damage to your home. While you may be tempted to save a bit of money by turning down your heat when you’re sleeping or away, this also heightens the risk for frozen pipes, which are far more expensive to repair. 

To prevent the risk of frozen pipes, take the following steps:

If you do discover frozen pipes, remember the following:

Through taking these precautions, homeowners can prevent much more costly damage caused by ice dams and frozen pipes.

SMO Energy wants to make sure that Southern Maryland residents and businesses stay safe this winter. Contact our Client Care Center at 1-888-222-3720 if you have any questions about your heating system or other equipment. The Center is available 7 a.m. to 7 p.m., Monday through Friday. We also offer 24/7 emergency service.

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