Here are some ways winter weather can harm your home and how you can prepare for it!
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The winter season is usually received with a lot of warmth, especially since people also celebrate the most beautiful holidays of all at the same time. But it can be rude to your home. Every winter is different. In some years you experience a relatively mild winter, in others it gets really cold together with snow, rain, wind and ice. Even so, you need to prepare your home the same way. Even the mildest winter can be devastating if you greet the season unprepared. Here are several ways winter weather could potentially harm your home and what you can do to prevent or treat them.
Strong winds can damage the roof and other parts of the house
When the wind is strong, leaves come up and collect in the roof and gutters. The incident can lead to constipation and sometimes Water damage as the water that cannot get through clogged downpipes can penetrate the house, crack foundations and flood basements.
High winds can also cause broken branches to hit different parts of the house, breaking glass windows, doors, and others. As a result, it can reduce your home's protection from the elements and leave you vulnerable to costly home repairs overall.
To prepare against fierce winds, make sure you don't leave any loose objects in your yard. You'll also need to inspect your shrubs and trees, and cut off any dead branches that can give way easily.
The freezing cold can crack the seal and create drafts
The chilly weather is not only bad for your health, but also for your utility bills. When the temperature drops, the seal begins to crack, creating drafts in the windows and doors that let in cold air. When that happens, your heating system will become overloaded and will need more energy to function efficiently.
The cool weather also encourages mold and mildew to enter the home. If you keep all windows and doors closed to keep the heat in, moisture will become trapped and mold will grow.
A great way to avoid higher energy bills is to keep an eye on the waterproofing and reapply if necessary to seal in the drafts. To fight mold, you need to invest in a dehumidifier that will keep the air moving and keep the humidity low.
Heavy snowfall can put a strain on the roof
Ice and snow accumulated in the roof can cause serious problems such as loose shingles and ice dams. Too many of these winter braces can completely overturn your shade, or at least create cracks that can let water in and damage the ceiling, walls, and other areas.
To prevent the worst, clear out the roof and gutters with any debris before the cold sets in. When it starts to snow, brave the cold every now and then to de-ice. You have to control the amount that collects on the roof and keep it away from dangerous values.
We can't blame you if you constantly have a love-hate relationship with the cool weather. To better enjoy the season and keep your home free from possible damage, take the necessary precautions and preparations.