Winter storms spell trouble for our homes. The mass amounts of snow and dropping temperatures can cause severe damage, some of which you may not notice until it is too late. Whenever you get a chance, be sure to check the house for any potential issues. Here are some areas that you should inspect after a winter storm.
Roof & Gutters
The roof is directly exposed to the snowfall of a winter storm; therefore it is essential that there are no weaknesses. Make sure that your roof has no loose or missing shingles that could let in leaks from the melting snow. Also, make sure that the melting snow can drain off of the roof and is not blocked by ice dams. If the water has nowhere to go, it’s only a matter of time before it seeps through.
While you are up there, you should also check the gutters for any issues. Check to see that they are secure, as heavy snowfall can weaken the structure. In addition, make sure that they are unclogged so that the melting snow can drain properly.
Work your way into the house by starting with the attic. Checking the attic will ensure that you didn’t miss any openings in the roof. Look for leaks by searching for any traces of water on the floor or insulation. If you hear dripping, it’s probably not a good sign.
We all know that pipes can cause major issues in cold temperatures. Freezing water inside the pipes can cause them to burst, creating a serious plumbing issue. If left alone, the problem can become much worse; make sure to check your exterior pipes that are exposed to colder temperatures as well as inside. If you find a problem, repair it immediately.
While these areas are the most essential to look after in a winter storm, you should make sure that your home is protected on all fronts. Check your windows and doors to make sure that your home is properly insulated to keep the cold air out. Trim any trees that are next to your house, the snowfall may cause heavy branches to break and damage your roof. Finally, make sure to dig out any snow near your home entrances to prevent flooding when it melts.
Follow all this advice, and your home should have no problems making it through the rest of the winter. If you have any questions about these home repairs or others, make sure to schedule Fred, the first name in home repairs.