Winter means fierce winds, low temperatures and a lot of snow! Winter is fun because you get to play with snow but the extreme changes in the weather can negatively impact your home especially if you are not prepared for it.
Strains the Roof
The snow and ice strains may strain the roof and may cause severe damage on it. The freezing effect and condensation can pool up in the roof that can cause roof leaks. The strong winds may also loosen the shingles in the roof and icicles may stress the roof too much due to its weight.
Too much Weight
If the snowing may be too much, it may cause ice dams once frozen. The gutters on your roof that contains water may freeze causing it to be blocked. Make sure that before winter starts, you already cleaned your gutter and put a de-icing agent on it to prevent more damage during winter.
Cracks the Caulk
The extreme cold temperature may cause the caulk on your windows to crack. This is not good as the warm air may go out through it and welcome the cold air inside. If you notice that the temperature inside your home is decreasing even more, you might need to reapply caulk to the cracks to better warm up your home and better save on the energy bills.
Damage the Driveway
A shovel is a must especially during winter because you use it to remove the pile of snow in your driveway. You might have applied a de-icing agent to lessen the amount of snow that is blocking your way. But did you know that using a metal shovel can actually do more harm than help on your driveway? You can use a rubber bladed shovel and de-icing chemicals which were effective in removing the snow without corroding the driveway.
The fall leave the trees bare, while winter freezes the limbs of the trees and plants. The low temperature and heavy condensation can break trees and fall of your roof or even power lines causing energy interruption. To keep this from happening, it is better to clear them before winter starts and cover the plants with a protector to save them from freezing.
Wet Door Frames
When doorframes become exposed to winter, they grow soft and damp causing them to rot. In turn, this attracts termites in springtime causing a much heavy damage. As winter slowly subsides and the temperature is increasing, make sure to check them and fill the damaged areas with epoxy wood filler.
The ice and snow buildup may damage your gutter system and cause an even greater problem. The gutter splits due to the frozen water inside it, when winter subsides the water leaks from it comprising the foundation of the house.
The cold temperature outside and the warm temperature inside encourages the growth of molds in the walls or the surfaces. It is important to keep the house insulated to prevent this from happening.
This is one of the most common problems encountered at home during winter as the freezing temperature can cause the pipes to burst making it both catastrophic for you and stressful. To better avoid this, insulate the exposed pipes with heat tapes or any kind of insulation. Make sure to empty hoses left outside to prevent them for causing another problem.