Winter is just around the corner, and if you live in an area that's prone to frigid temperatures, snow and/or hail, then it's important that your home is prepared for the season. From frozen pipes to ice dams, there are several things that lead to costly damage during the winter. To help protect your home from damage, TAMKO Building Products Inc. suggests homeowners be aware of the issues that can arise. Here are some common home damages homeowners can experience during the winter and how to prevent them from occurring.
1. Frozen Pipes. Frozen pipes are the leading cause of winter-related home damages. Luckily, there are several steps you can take to help prevent your pipes from freezing and bursting. First, you should insulate pipes located in cold areas of the home, such as pipes in the basement, attic or crawl space. Second, keep the doors of cabinets with pipes open. Lastly, if the temperature drops significantly, letting your faucets drip can help prevent them from freezing.
2. Ice Dams. Ice dams are another common problem for homeowners over the winter months. An ice dam can form when snow melts and then refreezes along edge of the roof. If ignored, ice dams can prevent water from draining off the roof and cause it to enter your home from underneath the shingles. To protect your roof from ice dams, ensure your attic is adequately insulated and ventilated. This will help keep hot air from the house from entering the attic and warming up the center of the roof, leading to ice dams. Removing snow immediately after each snowfall with a roof rake can also help prevent ice dams from forming.
3. Hail Damage. Hail damage can sometimes be difficult to see, which results in homeowners neglecting to notice the damage right away. After a hail storm, use binoculars to inspect your roof from the ground. It's also a good idea to have a professional come out and examine your roof more thoroughly.
With these tips from TAMKO Building Products, you can help protect your home from winter conditions.
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