Winter Repairs

Published on March 6th, 2015

Cold weather damage to watch out for in winter months

March is upon us, but for those who live in the Northeastern U.S., you all know that winter is nowhere near finished. Most of the country has had a rough winter and not only do you have to deal with the hassle of driving and shoveling, but your homes have to deal with the toll winter takes as well. Don’t let old man winter wear your home down in the homestretch -- there are just a few more weeks left!

Inspect your roof

Inspecting your roof on a regular basis is extremely important to avoid collapses. Looking at your roof from all angles lets you know which sides are covered in snow and which sides are clear. Visual clues to look for if you think your roof may be giving in to weight include: new cracks in walls, cracks in beams, sagging roof steel, and bends in metal supports. All of these are visual cues that your roof might be under strain.

Remove snow and ice built-up against your house

This tip is especially important. Snow and ice can cover exhaust vents and affect the performance of your furnace. They also can cover your natural gas meter and this could lead to leaks -- very dangerous territory. Remember to always clear the snow away from these areas to prevent any harm to your home or your family.

Pipes freezing

Plumbing and cold weather do not mix. Frozen pipes are a common problem and this can leave you without running water or even worse -- costly damage. To prevent this, make sure you have proper insulation around your pipes. Some extra prevention tips you can use include: disconnect water hoses, close all exterior doors, and open cabinet doors near pipes to allow heat to get through.

Landscaping damage

While you’re outside inspecting the roof (from the ground), be sure to look around outside as well. Dead trees from this harsh winter could break off and fall, causing damage to your house. Snow and ice weighing trees down have the potential to cause injury to you or someone on your property.

If you are thinking about selling your home after old man winter has left us, remember that following these tips can help you retain your home’s value and save you from costly repairs. For those looking to buy, it’s important to ask about these tips and whether or not the seller has taken the proper maintenance precautions -- you do not want to be stuck with the burden of these repairs! Feel free to contact our Housing Buzz Team with any questions you may have about financing a new home.

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