Homes can be damaged when they aren’t ready for the heavy snowfall that can happen just about any winter. This includes pipes that burst, roofs that leak, and even roofs that completely collapse into the home. It can be dangerous and cause injuries or death to those in the home. It can cost a great deal of money to pay for the repairs to be done. Items in your home that can’t be replaced may be ruined.
Being well prepared for the harsh winter months is important. Taking steps to ensure your home can withstand a brutal winter is a type of prevention you will never regret. The investment of time and money pays off quickly. It also offers you peace of mind during the winter months that your home should be able to stand up to just about anything Mother Nature throws at it.
Prevent Ice Dams
A common reason for damages to homes in the winter is due to ice dams forming on the roof. It allows snow that is melting to put pressure on the roof and thus water can leak through your ceilings. The best way to prevent this is to keep the eaves and the roof at same temperature. Adding insulation and making sure there is sufficient ventilation will reduce the risk of ice dams being a problem for you.
Take care of the Pipes
If your pipes aren’t insulated, it is a huge risk you are taking during the winter with them. When the water freezes, the pipes are going to build up pressure. They will burst due to that pressure and you will have severe water damages to your home. The mess is difficult to clean up and your insurance company likely won’t pay much for those damages. You can prevent it by insulating the pipes with fiberglass and special tape that offers heat for the pipes.
Eliminate Air Leaks
When cold air gets into your home, it is going to increase your costs to heat the place. You can keep your home warm and reducing your monthly bill by getting rid of air leaks. There are many options including adding weather stripping around windows and doors. Caulking can also be an option around the windows. Not only does this help with the heating, it reduces the risk of mildew and mold forming.
Heat is often lost due to the attic noting being well insulated. You want the insulation to be a minimum of 12 inches thick. You can add new layers over what is already there to make it thicker. However, you don’t want to use anything that is kraft-faced. Such insulation is known to create problems in homes due to moisture buildup.
Before the colder temperatures ever come along, you should have your chimney and furnace inspected. These should be annual inspections you have conducted by professionals. They need to make sure everything is working like it should, they are clean, and they are safe for you to use when it does get cold.
Your trees need your help to survive the harsh winter weather too. Prune them to prevent weaker branches from breaking due to the weight of ice and snow on them. You don’t want any of these branches extending where they would hit your roof or your home if they were to break off.
Protection from the Wind
Wind can cause severe damage to your home in the winter, but also at other times of the year. There are various features you can add to your home though that will reduce the effects from such strong winds. This includes shingles for the roof that are resistant to impact and shutters for your windows.