Winter is tough on houses.
How do you prevent the snow and the ice from causing damage to your home? Do you know what to look for? Is your home actually prepared for the cold?
Here are three things you should know about your house in the winter.
1. Check your roof
The biggest concern in the winter is probably your roof.
The weight of snow, ice and debris can definitely cause some damage!
The Patch said, “During your roofing inspection, ask the professional how much snow your roof can handle. Some roofs are able to handle more snowfall than others, which is important to know before a blizzard hits.”
Along those same lines, make sure your gutters don’t get clogged and weighed down.
2. Check your windows
Is your heating bill high?
It might be due to your windows letting the cold air in.
A good re-caulking could make all the difference! Remove the old caulk and then go over areas that could be leaking with a fresh layer.
3. Check for ice dams
Ice dams happen when there is a warm spot on your roof that causes the snow to melt.
Then, as it travels down your roof it freezes again and accumulates.
Why is this a problem?
As DL Online said, “The dam grows as it is fed by the melting snow above it, but it will limit itself to the portions of the roof that average below 32 degrees. So the water above backs up behind the ice dam and remains a liquid. This water finds cracks and openings in the exterior roof covering and flows into the attic space.”
If you notice this happening, it’s a good idea to call a professional right away to fix the ice dam that has formed as well as prevent it from happening again.