5 Ways to Protect Your Home from Winter Weather

January 06, 2016

Many people don't realize the damaging effects of winter weather on their homes. Whether it is snow, sleet, rain, or extreme cold, your home may be taking a beating. By doing some simple things, you can prevent damage and avoid costly repairs.

Here are some tips to help you:

1. Pipes

It's no secret that pipes can freeze in the winter. If you turn on a faucet in the morning and no water comes out, you may have a frozen pipe. Frozen pipes occur as a result of being on an exterior wall, in an unheated space, or from exposure to cracks an holes.

Solution: Open doors and cabinets to expose the area with the pipes to warmer temperatures. You may also place foam insulation sleeves over the pipes.

2. De-icing

Obviously, with snow and ice you want to clear off your driveway and walkways. However, some de-icing chemicals are too harsh -- they can damage materials like concrete making them flake and crack.

Solution: Do your best not to use de-icing chemicals on concrete and masonry. A safer alternative is using sand, which is also better for pets' paws and plants.

3. Shoveling

Many people use a metal snow shovel. However, it can chip and leave small bits of metal (which will rust) in your driveway and walkways. Also, the metal can chip away at your surfaces.

Solution: Simply put, it's better to use a plastic shovel. 

4. Snowy Windows

Naturally, there is a buildup of snow on your window wells as it accumulates. However, as it builds up (especially if there are already leaves or other materials built up), it won't run off correctly. Then the snow may melt into your home.

Solution: Be sure to clean your window wells out at the end of the fall before it begins snowing.

5. Wood in the Fireplace

When burning a fire in your fireplace, it's important that the wood is seasoned correctly. Using wood that isn't thoroughly dried, for example, will cause excessive smokiness.

Solution: Make sure the wood you use is seasoned and dry. You'll know by looking at the ends of the logs, which should be noticeably cracked.

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