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Protecting Your Home From Winter

Originally published on hometalk.com

The winter season can be tough on your home. Snow and ice accumulation can damage your roof, causing leaks and other serious problems. Road salt can damage your driveway and lead to expensive repairs come spring. Even worse, the fact that we stay inside during much of the season can make it hard to spot issues early when they are small and easy to fix.

 

With winter fast approaching, now is a great time to check your home and get ready for cold-weather hazards. From protecting your pipes to preventing ice dams, there are things you can do now to protect your home all winter long. 

 

A burst pipe could result in thousands of dollars’ worth of water damage and give you a costly repair bill just in time for Christmas. If you will be spending time away from home, placing a monitoring system on your pipes can prevent damage and save you money.

 

For several hundred to several thousand dollars you can install a system that will automatically shut off your water supply if an unusually high flow of water is detected. That might seem like a lot, but it is just a fraction of what damage from a burst pipe will cost to repair.

 

If you have a trusted friend or neighbor, you can install a sensor that detects high water flow and sends an alert to a mobile device. The sensor costs about $100, but you will need someone to enter your home and turn off the water supply physically.

 

Ice damming is another common hazard of winter, but this one is relatively easy to spot. Icicles hanging from your roof and downspouts are a classic symptom. If you suspect an ice dam has formed, it is a good idea to call a roofing contractor. Trying to remove the damming yourself could further damage your roof and result in an even costlier repair.

 

The best way to prevent ice dams from forming is to insulate and ventilate your attic correctly. The temperature in the attic should be no more than 5-10 degrees warmer than the outside air. Any more than that and ice dams can form.

 

Heavy snow and rain can cause y our basement to flood. If your basement is prone to moisture, you probably already have a sump pump, but what happens when the power goes out? Power outages are frequent this time of year, so installing a battery backup for your sump pump is a smart move.

 

Now is also the perfect time to trim back dead tree branches, clean the gutters and disconnect garden hoses. A frozen garden hose could damage your pipes and water system, and clogged drains could cause water damage around your foundation. Trimming the trees overhanging your home can prevent roof damage from winter storms and make your yard look neater when spring arrives.

 

Keeping your home prepared for winter is not always easy, but neglecting your properly is even worse. The best time to assess your home and fix problems is before the coldest days of the season arrive. Spending a few hours now could prevent severe damage later.

The winter season can be tough on your home. Snow and ice accumulation can damage your roof, causing leaks and other serious problems. Road salt can damage your driveway and lead to expensive repairs come spring. Even worse, the fact that we stay inside during much of the season can make it hard to spot issues early when they are small and easy to fix.

With winter fast approaching, now is a great time to check your home and get ready for cold-weather hazards. From protecting your pipes to preventing ice dams, there are things you can do now to protect your home all winter long. 

A burst pipe could result in thousands of dollars’ worth of water damage and give you a costly repair bill just in time for Christmas. If you will be spending time away from home, placing a monitoring system on your pipes can prevent damage and save you money.

For several hundred to several thousand dollars you can install a system that will automatically shut off your water supply if an unusually high flow of water is detected. That might seem like a lot, but it is just a fraction of what damage from a burst pipe will cost to repair.

If you have a trusted friend or neighbor, you can install a sensor that detects high water flow and sends an alert to a mobile device. The sensor costs about $100, but you will need someone to enter your home and turn off the water supply physically.

Ice damming is another common hazard of winter, but this one is relatively easy to spot. Icicles hanging from your roof and downspouts are a classic symptom. If you suspect an ice dam has formed, it is a good idea to call a roofing contractor. Trying to remove the damming yourself could further damage your roof and result in an even costlier repair.

The best way to prevent ice dams from forming is to insulate and ventilate your attic correctly. The temperature in the attic should be no more than 5-10 degrees warmer than the outside air. Any more than that and ice dams can form.

Heavy snow and rain can cause y our basement to flood. If your basement is prone to moisture, you probably already have a sump pump, but what happens when the power goes out? Power outages are frequent this time of year, so installing a battery backup for your sump pump is a smart move.

Now is also the perfect time to trim back dead tree branches, clean the gutters and disconnect garden hoses. A frozen garden hose could damage your pipes and water system, and clogged drains could cause water damage around your foundation. Trimming the trees overhanging your home can prevent roof damage from winter storms and make your yard look neater when spring arrives.

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