Winter Home Maintenance

Posted by Janis Penick on Sunday, December 29th, 2019 at 10:49am.

Winter Roof MaintenanceNo matter where you live, you are starting to see and feel the signs of winter and cooler temperatures. As winter progresses, you are more likely to begin seeing snow and ice storms pop up and these events can cause damage to your home depending on the severity of them as well as if you prepare ahead of time and clean up after a storm. A little time and effort on your part can help protect your home and help you avoid costly repairs after the storm.

Snow accumulation on your roof can be a problem. While this isn’t a frequent problem in the Bastrop area, it’s too early to know what this season might bring. Snow is heavy and can cause damage to your roof if allowed to build up. You can remove snow from your roof with special tools but need to be careful. These tools can damage your roof if not used correctly. Unless you have experience getting snow off of your roof, it's probably better to call a roofing expert for help.

It is also important to watch for ice buildup on your roof. The top part of your roof can warm up during the day and melt any accumulated snow. As water drains down to the cooler part of your roof, it can re-freeze into ice. Accumulated ice can force water into your attic and down your interior walls, causing damage. Excess ice buildup on your roof should be removed by a trained roofing professional.

While you’re checking your roof, check your gutters for debris. Blocked gutters can be damaged by freezing water, and can allow melted ice and snow to penetrate your home causing extensive damage. After each snow, clear away any accumulation from doors and windows to decrease the chances of melting snow leaking through small openings and causing damage to your home.

Protect any exposed pipes in your attic, crawl space, or outside your home. If pipes are not well insulated, water inside can freeze and cause them to burst. There are insulating items you can buy to protect your pipes but they will not take the place of daily inspection and maintenance.

Finally, keep your home warm by taking care of your furnace. It is important to change your furnace filter every 30 days so it will run more efficiently and will last longer. When you are ready to sell your home, rely on your local real estate expert for assistance. Contact me today for an appointment to discuss how to best prepare your home for sale.

The Janis Penick Team

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