It is officially cold outside. In fact, when you are reading this blog, there is a chance that you might be able to look out the window and see a winter wonderland of snow.
It really is a magical time of year, but what can make it a bit less magical is having damage to your home.
Did you know that there are many ways that winter weather can cause damage to your house?
It is important to be aware of these possibilities just so you know what you should be looking out for.
Let’s look at five ways that winter weather can cause damage to your home and what you should be keeping an eye on:
- Ice Dams- Ice dams are caused by water or snow freezing into ice at the edge of your roof. This causes melting snow and drainage to be unable to leave the roof and can result in flooding. Learn more about ice dams by clicking here.
- Frozen Pipes- With older homes, you might run into problems with frozen pipes. It is important to properly prepare for this and use specific warming measures to prevent pipes from freezing and/or breaking.
- Falling Tree Branches- When the snow weighs down tree branches, they can eventually break off and fall onto your house. We always recommend trimming overhanging tree branches throughout the year as they can often cause problems. Learn more about trees and how they can damage your home by clicking here.
- Leaks and Flooding- This can be caused by ice dams, snowy and clogged gutters, poor insulation, and so much more. While pipes can be thawed with hair dryers and space heaters, we recommend calling in a professional plumber for this one so you can avoid bursting pipes.
- Heavy Snow Damage- If a lot of snow builds up on your roof, it can eventually become very heavy and start to weigh down and can damage your roof and the structure of your home.