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Property Restoration: 3 Unexpected Risks to Your Home, Office & Health in Winter

Ice dams on roofs are one of the unexpected risks that can occur to your home or office in winter. Under-insulated roof and attics can lead to water damage and the need for extensive property restoration.

Ice dams on roofs are one of the unexpected risks that can occur to your home or office in winter. Under-insulated roof and attics can lead to water damage and the need for extensive property restoration.

When the dead of winter embraces us in its icy grasp, we tend to think of ways we can stay warm and bundled up inside our cozy indoor confines. However, when the temperature dips to Arctic proportions, our cozy confines at home, work and school can be put at risk. Not only can we experience anything from broken pipes, frozen sewer or water lines, and fires, but also hazards such as mould growth that can have long-term effects on our health. Our team of property restoration experts at Proserve DKI want Fort McMurray and Wood Buffalo residents and workers to make it through winter unscathed. That’s why we’re calling three unexpected risks in winter to your attention, so you can stay warm, dry and safe:


The Other Fire Season

We all know the devastating effect that hot and dry weather can have, especially when human activity is involved. That’s why we tend to think of fire season as being in the summer. However, the colder temperatures in winter can also lead to a number of fire risks and the need for fire restoration companies.

Smoke and fire damage cleanup is often needed when heating and lighting resources are not installed or used properly. That’s why it’s important to check that:

  • Fireplaces and wood stoves are cleaned and maintained before use
  • Electric space heaters and candles are placed in clear spaces away from flammable hazards such as curtains, bedding, paper, etc.
  • No candles are left burning unattended
  • All portable heating units are plugged in properly to wall receptacles and kept away from damp areas
  • Fireplace flues are closed when not in use


The Big Freeze

While frozen water is great for ice-skating, it is not great when found inside or outside your home or office. One of the biggest risks for flood damage is when an indoor pipe or sewer line freezes and breaks. While there are many causes that can lead a pipe to break, the main thing is to turn the water main off and then contact a flood restoration company right away in order to mitigate the damages.

You can also prevent water damage in your roof by making sure no ice dams form. Keep your roof and attic cold by making sure it is properly insulated and ventilated and that your gutter system is clear.


Those Unseen Risks

While winter tends to be known as cold and flu season, it can also bring on other health-related issues. Those who suffer from asthma and allergies can be affected when the temperature dips, as damp and cold can lead to the build-up of mould and mildew in the home, while the cold air can also inflame airways. Certain types of mould can produce toxins, which when inhaled over time can cause afflictions such as:

  • Nasal and sinus congestion
  • Respiratory problems (shortness of breath)
  • Coughing
  • Sore throat
  • Sneezing

If mould-related toxins are found in your home or office, it’s important to call a mould restoration company that deals in biohazard cleanup. For more information, read Symptoms of Mould Exposure.


At Proserve DKI, we believe in protecting your family and workers’ health. That’s why we are one of the only property restoration companies in Fort McMurray and Wood Buffalo that offers residents and business owners with 24-hour, seven-day-a-week emergency services, including flooded house clean up, fire damage restoration, mould cleanup and much more.