No matter the season, there are many ways bad weather can wreak havoc and cause damage to your home. Heavy rain and snow can be a big problem if you don’t take the proper precautions to protect your home. Here are some of the best ways to keep your home safe from wet weather.
Rain gutters are an excellent way to keep your home safe from water damage because they allow water to flow off your roof and drain away from your house. However, your rain gutters can get filled with leaves or debris, so it is important to make sure they are cleaned regularly. During snowy months, clogged rain gutters can form ice dams that prevent snow from melting and draining off of your roof correctly. This can damage your roof and lead to leaks and water damage, so it is best to keep your rain gutters clear as much as possible.
One of the most common types of water damage comes from a pipe bursting due to cold weather. Especially during the winter, insulating your pipes is a good idea to prevent water from freezing inside and bursting through the pipe. This is especially helpful in areas of your house like your attic or basement where the temperature is much harder to control.
Your roof works hard to protect your home during all weather. Keeping your roof repairs up to date is the best way to prevent any water from leaking through your roof and causing damage. Keep an eye on your roof to watch for shingles that may have broken or blown off, and replace them if they have. If your roof needs more extensive repairs, you should get them done as soon as possible while the weather will allow you.
During stormy weather, moisture will sometimes find its way inside through your windows. This is bad as it will lead to water damage inside your home as well as mold growth. You can remove the screens on your windows and install storm windows to help add an extra layer of protection from this happening. They are still beneficial if you have double-paned windows.
During the cooler months, you will most likely use your home’s furnace constantly. However, to keep the main areas in your home warmer, it is wise to insulate your attic and crawl space. This will help keep the heat contained to where you need it most. In addition, insulating your attic ahead of time before Winter hits will also help prevent ice dams from forming on the roof once the snow begins to fall, which will help prevent it from damage and stop water from leaking through.
If you experience any water damage in your Anchorage home because of bad weather, call TCM Restoration to help you. We will fix the source of the damage and dry up all the water so your home can stay warm and dry inside.