Prevent Winter Ice and Snow Damage to Your Home With These 3 Tips
Your home is one of your biggest investments, and winter can often deal the harshest damage to a house. Taking care of your home is therefore essential to protecting it and making sure it weathers the winter storms with as little damage as possible. Here are a few home insurance tips to help you get through the roughest season of the year:
- Make sure you keep snow and ice build-up cleared from your roof. A snow pack on the roof can thaw and refreeze several times as the temperature fluctuates, and the resulting ice can cause damage to your roof, and even seep into your attic and walls.
- If you have plumbing that runs through unheated parts of your home, such as a garage or sub-floor crawlspace, the pipes need to be well-insulated to prevent damage from freezing water. While it can slightly increase your water bill for the month, you may want to let a slow trickle of water continuously flow through your pipes to minimize the change of freezing.
- If there are any trees with low-hanging branches that sit directly beside your house, you may want to consider trimming the branches back. Heavy ice and snow build-up can break tree branches, which could fall onto your house and cause damage to the roof, siding, or windows.
Make sure your homeowner’s insurance policy is up-to-date and provides you with the protection your home needs. Our agents at Schumacher Insurance Group can go over your policy with you and provide you with valuable home insurance tips to keep your biggest investment safe from the storm! Contact us today to learn more!