Is your home ready for the winter season? Cold temperatures, heavy snow, and ice buildup can take a toll on your home. But no matter how prepared you are, sometimes accidents from sudden roof cracks to bursting pipes can still happen. So, what do you do when you suddenly need to face winter wreckage?
The ice dam problem
Ice dams, which form due to insufficient insulation and ventilation, lead to leaks that will in turn ruin areas of your home. Though you can use a roof rake to try and remove snow from your roof’s edge, one wrong step can damage your entire roof. It is always best to contact an ice dam removal company to ensure that this problem is eliminated without causing or aggravating another.
Problems such as mold and cracks can affect exposed wooden surfaces of fences or decks. If not fixed, these surfaces can collapse and pose a danger. For molds and mildew, simply use an anti-mold wood cleaner and reseal the surface once dry. If the problem is caused by water damage, reseal first and replace the wood as necessary. If you see nails rising from the surface of the wood, replace them immediately with new screws.
Home and basement flood
Basement flooding can be caused by several reasons, from leaky pipes to melting snow penetrating through your home. For pipe leaks, you may still be able to patch the problem areas depending on the extent of the damage. You can also check your downspouts and make sure that they are connected to a well-drained area to prevent melted snow water from entering your home.
In addition, make sure that you take photos of the affected area before you do anything to help you with your insurance claims. These tips can help minimize the impact of damage brought about by winter storms.