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Prep Your Home for Winter

9/13/2019 (Permalink)

Vehicles covered with snow Winter storm in Bunker Hill Village, TX

Get Your Home Ready for Cold Weather

When you live in Bunker Hill Village,TX, a winter storm means bundling up, scooping plenty of snow, traveling at slower speeds, and driving a dirty, slushy vehicle. While many residents may concentrate on getting their snowblower tuned up and stocking up on ice melt to handle winter hassles, getting your home ready for cold weather is also important.

Winter Woes

Whether it’s a blizzard or a seemingly endless winter, ice and snow are also foes of your house. These are just a few of the problems winter storms may cause to your property:

1. Roof Damage

Ice dams, runoff, heavy snow, and high winds can all cause potential issues that may lead to leaks and big repairs.

2. Frozen Pipes

If water is left in outdoor pipes, it can expand and damage the system. Once temperatures rise and a thaw takes place, a leak or system failure can occur.

3. Tree Limbs

When ice forms on branches or heavy snow comes down, it may create too much weight for a tree branch to handle. If a large enough limb breaks, it has the potential to damage the roof, siding, windows, and outdoor appliances or décor.

4. Flooding

In the midst of freezing temperatures, it’s easy to forget that all that snow will melt. Once it does, it can quickly overflow gutters and seep into the foundation through cracks.

Be Prepared

Before the first winter storm hits, making as many preparations as possible may relieve your worries about the coming winter and let you focus on enjoying the present nice weather. Simple tasks like cleaning the gutters, disconnecting outdoor hoses, trimming trees, and insulating pipes and water heaters can help eliminate future snow and ice issues.
If you live in an older home or know that your roof or siding is approaching the end of its life, consider calling storm damage and restoration experts before a winter storm happens. A professional inspection and temporary repairs, such as ventilating the attic or installing a waterproof roof membrane, may mean the difference between extensive repairs and a carefree spring.

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