After a long winter, we all look forward to the day the sun comes back around and the snow melts away. However, the melting snow can cause water damage and additional issues if it is ignored. Here are 5 ways to protect your home before it begins:
1. Inspect Your Gutters:
Clean away any debris or snow that may be blocking your gutters. It is important to keep gutters clear so the snow/dirt can flow through easily once it begins to melt. Also, ensure sump pumps and downspouts drain away from your home to avoid any flooding or water damage near your foundation. If you notice a pool of water, this is an indication that water isn’t being directed away from your home. If this happens, try extending downspouts further away from your home. In extreme cases, you may consider regrading the soil to angle downward away from your foundation.
2. Watch your Roof:
After any snowfall, if you notice there is an accumulation of snow, try to brush as much as you can off using a roof rake. A roof rake is a long, adjustable-length pole with a flat piece of aluminum attached to the end. You should never attempt to climb onto a roof and remove snow with a shovel, this is extremely dangerous. Too much snow buildup on your roof can become too heavy, leading to further issues such as: ice dams, roof cave-ins, and large icicles.
3. Remove Tree Branches:
Ice, snow, and wind can make the strongest branches weak. Inspect tree branches that are close to your home. If you notice any weak or brittle branches, either cut them down or have them removed by a professional if they are out of reach.
4. Check for Cracks:
Be sure to look for any new cracks on walls, ceilings, or windows. If you find any, seal them quickly. If you prolong sealing them, they could allow water to come in leading to water damage.
5. Call a Professional:
If you are ever in doubt or experience any trouble getting snow or tree branches removed contact a professional. It is better to pay someone to do it safely, than to risk harming yourself or anyone else.
If water still manages to find it’s way in, do your best to dry it up quickly. Waiting too long to take care of it could turn into a serious issue such as mold, mildew, etc. Taking the time to make sure these things are taken care of will help you and your family stay warm, dry, and safe.