The cold temperatures are already here! We are now anxiously awaiting that first large snowfall of the winter season. Is your home prepared for the winter? If your answer is no, then you will run the risk of experiencing water damage. Make sure your home is prepared for the harsh winter weather by following these simple tips.
Clean Those Gutters One More Time!
Ice dams are one largest dangers to a home during the winter. This is especially true for Minnesota homes, when large amounts of snow can accumulate on a roof, melt and then refreeze due to temperatures that fall well below freezing.
When this happens, it puts a large amount of strain on your roof and gutters, a problem that is immensely made worse if your gutters are not allowing water to flow freely away from your home.
The solution to this problem is to make sure your gutters are clean and free of any debris one more time this year! Do you put up holiday decorations? If so, when you are on the ladder hanging the lights, do a quick check to make sure your gutters are free from debris. When you take them down, check again. Being in the know helps alleviate problems down the road.
Keep Your Roof Free of Snow and Ice
When heavy snow falls, and the temperatures really drop, it can be hard to muster up the motivation to get outside and clear the snow off of your roof (it’s hard enough to clear the driveway). But this isn’t a task that should be ignored. A single cubic foot of snow can weigh up to 20 pounds, and when there are several feet of snow on your roof it can be hazardous.
If clearing the snow and ice off of your roof isn’t your cup of tea, hire a company to come out and help you with your snow and ice removal.
Check Your Windows
When windows become old, or are improperly sealed, water can easily seep through the siding and cause damage. What’s a good way to see if your windows are properly sealed? Place your hand around the frame of the window and feel for a draft or temperature change. While it’s natural for it to feel a bit cooler by your windows, there shouldn’t be a very large temperature variation.
Inspect Your Roof
Before the snow flies inspect roof. If you live in an older home and the roof hasn’t been replaced in well over a decade, check for loose, cracked or damaged shingles. If your roof is weak in areas, water can get into your home as snow melts, causing damage. If you are unsure about the state of your roof, have a roofing contractor come out to do a quick inspection before heavy snow begins to fall.