Protecting your home in changing weather

DAYTON, Ohio (WDTN) – One day it’s snowing with subzero temps, the next it is 55 degrees and raining.  All of the changes can wreak havoc on your home.

It can be costly if you’re not prepared.  A-Abel has been busy all winter.

The Dayton company specializes in plumbing and septic services.

Manager of Operations Dan Hill says one of the frequent problems they see is when there is a warmer day and people use the hose on the outside of their home, then leave it on and the temperature drops.

“The hose will freeze and the whole idea of the frost proof hose is gone away.  It will freeze there, so it won’t drain and this part that’s inside your house will split and either flood your basement or start shooting out of the brick,” says Hill.

Downspouts can also cause issues.

Hill says there is either a pipe that goes into the ground or a concrete block that moves the water to the street or storm sewer.

“If that’s not set up right then that water will come down this downspout and return into the ground and return right there and go back into your basement.  Then, it’s just a vicious cycle,” he says.

Inside your home, you need to check your sump pump.

Not only do you need to make sure it is working correctly, but Hill says it is important to have a battery powered backup as well.

“If this pump were to fail and you didn’t have a backup system, this pit would overflow onto your floor and flood your basement.  What a lot of people do is, they haven’t looked at that pump in 3, 4 or 5 years and the pump itself will not work, it won’t pump and then you have no protection,” explains Hill.

Your roof and gutters can also create problems.

But, Hill says you should call a professional to help because it can be icy or slippery and you could fall and hurt yourself. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Commenters who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others and keep the conversation on topic and civil. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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