Winter is fast approaching Auckland’s shores, and with it comes months of frequent rains. While the chilly days and the refreshing showers can make your home feel cosy and inviting, all that extra moisture creates a flood risk for many homes. Flooding can severely damage your home’s carpet and flooring.

Though you can hire professionals for flood restoration services, you also want to do your part to prevent water damage from occurring in the first place. Today, we share some ways you can protect your home from possible water damage during the winter.

1. Use a water leak detection device

A water leak can be hard to spot on your own. When you do start to see signs of leakage, it likely means the damage has already advanced and may require extensive repairs.

During the winter, when there’s increased risk of heavy rains, you might consider installing a water leak detection device that can help you identify internal moisture and leaks even when you’re away from home. These devices have sensors that can be set up in leak-prone areas such as under sinks or near water heaters and will sound an alarm if they detect a leak.

2. Maintain and clean gutters and roof

Even before winter approaches, you should make sure that you find time to clean your gutters. Scoop away leaves and other debris and ensure drain spouts are unclogged.

Clogged gutters can prevent your drainage system from working to its potential. Instead of passing through your drain spouts, water will pool at the base of your house or find its way under your roof, which can wreak havoc in your home. Additionally, be sure to regularly review your roofing to see if there are missing shingles or damaged panels you need to replace.

3. Keep pipes insulated

Frozen pipes in Auckland are rare but do occur sometimes in the coldest weeks of winter. Frozen pipes can crack when the water inside freezes and expands, which can easily result in flooding that occurs from within your own home. To prevent this scenario, you need to make sure exposed pipes are properly insulated. You can do this by wrapping them up with insulating tape or old towels to keep them warm.

4. Turn off water sources

In anticipation of the brisk winter temperatures, it’s best to shut off water supplies where outdoor hoses and spigots are connected. Drain the water from the hoses and store them properly so they don’t freeze, crack, or break in the cold.

Keep your homes winter-proof!

You can enjoy your home this winter without worrying about the frost and rain damaging your home. If you take the necessary precautions, you can sit back, relax, and sip on a cup of hot tea in your dry, insulated home.

If you do encounter flooding problems or have detected water damage, don’t panic! EcoSan Solutions can help you deal with the after-effects of flooding inside your home. We offer carpet cleaning in Auckland and more.  As expert water restoration contractors, you can count on us to promptly respond to your needs. We try our best to be on-site within one to two hours to minimise secondary flood damage as water can damage your homes in just a short period. For water damage restoration services, contact EcoSan today!