How to Prevent Winter Weather Damage

Blustery winds, piles of snow, and sub-zero temps can dampen even the brightest of moods. Even worse is the damage winter weather conditions can inflict on your home.

That’s why it’s important to prepare in advance and act, as appropriate, at the first signs of trouble.

Roof – Freezing temps can cause ice dams, strong winds can loosen shingles, and heavy snow can eventually cause a partial collapse. Repair loose or missing shingles, use a roof rake to remove heavy snow, and carefully break off icicles.

Gutters and Downspouts – Clogged gutters and downspouts can wreak havoc on your home during the winter. Make sure they are securely attached and clear of debris to allow rain water and melting snow to move freely. If you notice an ice dam in the making, string a heated gutter cable to melt accumulating ice.

Windows and Doors – Extreme temperatures can cause caulk and weather-stripping to pull away and allow cold air in. Check windows and exterior doors for drafts and caulk, seal, or apply new weather-stripping where needed.

Driveway and Pathways – Shoveling your driveway and walkways is the safe, responsible thing to do. But it also can cause chips and cracks in stone, concrete, or asphalt surfaces. You can prevent damage by using a rubber-bladed shovel and not using an ice melt loaded with harsh chemicals.

Trees and Shrubs – Tree limbs can crack and break under heavy snow or ice, falling on your roof, siding, or power lines. Overgrown shrubs can give unwanted critters easier access to your home where warmer temps await. Trim trees and shrubs back each fall to keep those problems at bay.

Pipes – Freezing temperatures put uninsulated, exposed pipes at risk of freezing and bursting. Insulate pipes located in unheated areas of your home with foam pipe insulation or heat tape and shut off and drain outdoor faucets before the first freeze. During an especially cold spell, keep cabinet doors under sinks open to circulate warm air and let the faucet drip slowly to keep water moving.

At Pann Home Services, there’s much we can do to help you prevent winter damage to you home AND repair damage already incurred. For the help you need before, during, and after a Boston area winter, contact Pann Home Services.