Preventing Home Damage During The Winter
Water damage at home due to the winter is among the top reasons why Americans file home insurance claims. A smart homeowner should prepare his/her home for winter instead of waiting to file claims. Most of the issues caused by winter on a property can be prevented.
The following are some tips to prevent home damage during the winter.
- Clear debris from the roof
Debris causes snow, ice, and water to sit on the roof longer than necessary. The water causes corrosion, rotting, and growth of fungi on the roof, all which cause deterioration of the roof. You should clear the debris before the winter. Go up the roof and remove branches, leaves, pine needles and any other debris using a blower and broom.
After clearing the debris check the roof for signs of damages.
- Clean the gutters
The gutter system of the roof collects the water and directs it away from the building. Gutters collect leaves and dirt from the roof, which accumulate to cause a blockage. The buildup of this debris causes water to sit in the gutter creating ice dams during the winter.
Have your roof cleaned. After, check for leaks by forcing water down the gutters. Leaking gutters pour water near the base of the building. Such water may find its way into the foundation and cause cracks.
- Check the roof insulation
Improper roof insulation will damage the roof during the winter. The warm air inside the attic causes the melting of snow. Before the melted ice reaches the gutter, it refreezes. The process repeats to form an ice dam. Check that the insulation is even in all areas of the roof.
Also, check the ventilation of the attic. The air inside the attic should only be 5 to 10 degrees higher than the air outside.
- Schedule a roof inspection with a roof inspection Los Angeles contractor
The roof is your first line of defense against the snow. For that reason, you should have it inspected and repaired before the winter begins. Ignoring a few small issues might save you some money in the short term but will surely cost you a fortune in the long term. Annual roof inspections are cheap considering the cost of major roof repairs.
- Clear snow build-up around the foundation
Even with good roofing and impeccable gutters, snow will still fall near the foundation of your home. After it melts, the water will seep into the soil and find its way into the foundation. You should regularly remove snow around your house during the winter.
- Remove snow from the walls
It is important to remove snow from the exterior walls of your home. The freezing and unfreezing of the snow causes uneven expansion and contraction of the walls. The consequence is cracking of the walls. Loose painting traps snow. Therefore, you should sand down any loose painting before the winter begins.
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