Water Damage During the Christmas Season
You’ve read about the increased danger of fire via Christmas lights, dried-out trees, candles, holiday cooking, and even from drinking/smoking during holiday parties. But what about water damage? Wouldn’t you know it, where there’s smoke, there’s . . . er, water damage. Here are some of the ways that water damage can occur during the holiday season and what you can do to prevent these things from happening.
- Water from Christmas Trees. You’d be surprised at how little water it takes to cause water damage, and how even less allows mold to grow. Watering your Christmas tree could be a means to some real damage if you have a leaky pan. How can you tell? After the first few days, if you are continually filling up the pan, it’s likely there is a leak. You absolutely need to water your tree, but not every single day. If you are, you should look under the tree for signs of damage, a wet/damp floor, and so on.
- While visiting family and friends. The holiday season is prime travel season, but the weather is much colder than when you last took a trip in July. If your heat goes out (if the power goes out, if you run out of heating oil, etc.), you won’t be home to notice your pipes are freezing. Once they thaw, any cracks that formed in those pipes will leak water (potentially for days) into your home. Make sure to either turn the water off while you’re gone or at least leave a drip from the faucet.
- Sewage backing up. It’s not unlikely that grandpa won’t know those wipes aren’t flushable or that visiting friends and family may take actions that leave you with a clogged toilet. Maybe a houseguest doesn’t realize how quickly the bathtub fills up or that maybe you’ve caulked the overflow drain and floods the bathroom floor. There are a wide selection of things that can happen when you add new people to a home (even for an afternoon), and water damage is one of them. Keep an extra eye on guests (when you can) to make sure you’re not about to have a home flood.
- Kids’ toys. Christmas is the time for all kinds of holiday gift-giving—but some of those toys and other items involve water. Hopefully, water balloons stayed off of your family’s Christmas’ lists, but squirt guns, toys that blow water mist to simulate fire-breathing dragons, and others all involve putting kids and water together. At first, this doesn’t sound dangerous, but when they leave the full water gun on the floor and it leaks into the carpet, you’re looking at more than enough water to grow mold under your carpets.
- When you get those kids fish for Christmas, remember to first check that “old tank you have in the garage” before setting the entire thing up. A slow leak may not be noticed at first, so you should fill the tank and let it sit overnight in a tub. If there is still water around the tank in the morning, the tank is leaking.
- Christmas fires. While your first thought is “fire!” your second thought should be “water!” As in, the water you use to put out the fire is now your water damage problem in your home. Mold is soon to set in and if you needed to use a lot of water, it’s likely already in your walls and floors. You’ll probably need a professional restoration company to come in and help resolve your problem.
You may think you’re more likely to have a fire at Christmas, but there are many reasons water damage can occur during the holiday season. Thankfully, companies like Duckstein Restoration are available 24/7, even on holidays, to help provide emergency restoration services when you have a home flood. Don’t hesitate to call us if you think you might need some professional help.
Henry Duckstein Jr.