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Canadian Winters. How our weather can impact your home.

Fluctuating Winter Weather

Canadian winters bring fluctuating winter weather. This can be extreme, and in some cases destructive and costly. Ice, snow, wind, freezing and varying temperatures can cause major problems and damage to your home and property.

During a winter storm, winds can be strong enough to bring down trees and hydro poles. This can damage roofs and possibly take out power. Blowing snow causes reduced visibility and dangerous driving conditions. It can cause hazardous buildups of snow on roadways and homes.

Snow Accumulation

Accumulation of snow on roof tops can create significant property damage. Not all snow is the same – some snowfall contains more water, making it heavier. Heavy snow that accumulates on roofs can result in damage or even collapse. Flat, poorly insulated, or weak roofs are most at risk for roof collapse due to the weight of the snow. Additionally, snow on roofs can develop into ice dams creating water and structural damage to a home or building. Ice dams occur when ice builds up from freeze thaw conditions. This prevents melting snow and water from draining off the roof. This can cause re-freezing due to a drop in temperature. The cycle continues because heat rises. As heat reaches the interior roof of the home it melts the snow on the exterior creating an ice dam.

Freezing Temperatures

Freezing temperatures can contribute to the damage left behind from a winter storm. When ice builds up inside pipes, water that hasn’t been frozen backs up. The water builds pressure the pipes can no longer withstand, causing them to burst. On a vacation or out for an afternoon, a burst water pipe in your home will continue to flow until shut off, leaving behind a flooded basement and damaged contents.

Mild Temperatures

However, Canadians aren’t exclusively subject to freezing temperatures throughout the winter season. Weeks of intense cold may be paused by mild temperature days only to be followed with further cold, wind, ice and snow. Melting snow can seep into structural joints and brickwork then freeze when temperatures drop. Significant swings in temperature from cold to mild can cause structural damage to your home.

Coming Through For You!

Annually, winter storms cost Canadians millions of dollars. At WINMAR®, our team will work in tandem with your insurance company to assess your situation, process claims and work quickly restore your home back to pre-loss condition.

Property damage from a serious weather event requires an extensive list of services. We offer more then restoration services. WINMAR® specializes in providing temporary heat and hydro, restoration of essential services, structural drying and emergency temperature control. Our WINMAR® team is fully qualified to meet your emergency response requirements. We stabilize the environment around your property and install the necessary equipment to prevent further damage.

When you’ve experienced property damage from a winter storm, rely on WINMAR® to restore what matters.