The Winter is Fast Approaching: 3 Tips for Preventing Weather Damage to Your Home
Winter will be here before you know it, bringing with it snow, freezing rain, and cold temperatures. To keep your home in excellent condition and prevent changes in weather from causing damage that could have been avoided, make sure you adopt and adhere to a preventive maintenance and home safety program for your home.
Here are three tips you can follow to keep winter’s potentially damaging effects from doing harm to your home:
- Insulate your plumbing, such as the water heater lines or the main lines coming to and going from your house. When the temperature drops below freezing the water in these pipes can quickly turn to ice because they are not protected by the controlled climate in the interior spaces of the home.
- Don’t let snow accumulate on your roof. Aside from potential damage due the added weight on your roof, the snow can melt and then refreeze near the bottom of the roof above or in the gutters (called “ice dams”), causing additional damage by forcing any additional melted snow to spread to the spaces under the roof shingles, around beams, and into your attic.
- Prevent water damage by keeping snow, slush, and ice out of your house. Make sure all parts of your roof are sealed and insulated properly, keep windows closed and ensure that their jambs and frames are secure, and check your foundation for possible points of entry.
Having a home safety plan in place for the coming winter will help you stay ahead of any possible repair or maintenance your home may need by anticipating it and preventing it in the first place. Take care of your home by letting Schumacher Insurance Group work with you to find a home insurance policy that is tailored to your needs. Contact us today!