Winter is upon us once again, and in Michigan everyone is mentally preparing themselves for a long-cold haul. After last winter’s extensive reputation as being one of the snowiest and coldest in history, many homeowners are taking precautions ahead of time, just in case this year is even worse. At Tom’s Basement Waterproofing, we have put together a list of some of the most common winter problems that every home could potentially face, and how to avoid them.
- Ice Dams: Ice dams form when snow that is on your roof melts at a faster rate than the ice on the gutters or sides of your homes. As the snow melts and runs off your roof, it will freeze and create dams along your home, which can potentially cause extensive long-term damage. How To Prevent: The best way to prevent ice dams from happening is to make sure your attic is properly insulated. When your house distributes heat accurately, it will not escape out of the attic and cause unnatural melting on your roof.
- Frozen Pipes: When water is left in your pipes, it runs the potential to freeze in the winter. Frozen pipes are a homeowner’s worst nightmare and costs thousands to repair. How To Prevent: The best way to prevent frozen pipes is to make sure that your spigots are completely empty, covered, and shut off, for the entire winter months.
- Roof Leaks: Your roof leaking in the winter is the most frustrating and dangerous time to deal with this issue. With the snow and frost, roof repairs are extremely costly and difficult to complete in the winter. How To Prevent: Check your roof in the summer and fall to make sure that any issues are addressed early. Take time before the winter to replace any shingles, fix any leaks, and make sure your roof is ready to tackle the cold weather.
- Foundation Cracks: While we know that foundation cracks can happen at any time of the year, melted snow can be a prime time for basement foundational issues. How To Prevent: Make sure your gutters and downspouts are in working and functional order. Water should always be diverted away from your home and foundation, and your gutters should be clear of debris that may cause them to freeze.
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