Protecting your Home in Winter Weather
With winter weather finally here, the temperatures are dropping fast. To prepare for the blistering cold and avoid serious home repairs that could quickly put a damper on your Holiday joy, take a look at the following ways to keep your home warmer and safe this winter season:
Attic & Roof
Make sure that your attic space is well ventilated during these winter months so that the temperature can remain close to that of the outdoors. Doing this decreases the risk of something commonly known as “ice dams.” Ice dams are formed when the snow melts off the central area of the roof, runs down, and freezes at the roof’s edge. As this occurs, ice can start to build up, which blocks additional water from draining. This water is then forced underneath the roof, often into the attic, and inside the walls causing intensive water damage.
This can be further prevented by ensuring all gutters are cleared prior to snowfall and icy weather. Additionally, making sure that the attic floor is well insulated keeps your home’s heat from rising and escaping through the roof, saving you money on your next utility bill.
Finally, as with any home, snow and ice can accumulate and refreeze over the winter season adding tremendous weight and strain to your roof. Make sure the majority of snow and ice do not accumulate significantly as to prevent possible damage to your roof. If you have any overlying branches, make sure they are well trimmed as they too can succumb to the added weight, break, and cause extensive damage to your home or roof.
Another element of your home that is likely to be damaged from the harsh winter is your home’s pipes. It’s easy for pipes to freeze and break during the winter season. In order to protect your pipes, leave cabinetry doors open that have access to pipes as to allow the warm air to aid in keeping them from freezing. Additionally, you can add insulation to exposed pipes.
If the temperatures drop extremely low during the night or if you are traveling during the season, it may be smart to leave your faucets trickle while you are away to prevent the pipes from freezing. This constant trickle, as little as it is, will allow water to consistently flow through unheated or unprotected spaces preventing freezing. The trickle will be so slight you most likely won’t even notice a difference in your monthly water bill.
It may also be smart to invest in a back up generator for the winter months. As mentioned before, the winter season brings an abundance of snow and ice. This wintery mix can spell disaster for power lines, trees, and so on. A house without power is a house without heat. Generators can help to provide back up power until your home’s electricity is restored.
Have a warm and safe winter, Dunmore!