Snow is a beautiful and evil thing for many of us from year to year. While the frozen earth, with branches full of snow can be breathtaking, it can also be dangerous for you or your home. Preparing for the winter months is crucial in avoiding the messes that arise from these winter months.
Prepare your home with a yearly winterizing schedule and routine. Your can prevent ice dams, fallen branches, leaking roofs, or icy driveways with a little foresight and preparation. We will walk you through some of the easiest things you can do when preparing for the winter cold.
Control the rooftop as the snow starts to fall. Installing proper retention and melting systems will help you avoid the headache that comes when things freeze or thaw out. Here is what you need to know about winterizing systems.
- Snow Retention: While it may seem stupid to you, snow retention can help you control the way your snow falls.
Many people install snow clips to prevent the snow from dumping in large clumps near walkways or doorways. However, real prevention system will last through the years and control the slide off when melting happens.
Install the proper systems on the roof to melt snow, prevent ice dams, and keep the roof clear of heavy snow. As the ice and snow compact on your roof, it is not uncommon to see collapses, sagging, or eventual leaking. By installing heated tape or coils, you can melt the snow and have the run off sent away from your drainpipes. These pipes can also be expensive to replace if they get water frozen inside.
- Consider the Walkways: Your home is visited generally more during the holidays than any other time of year. Make sure that carolers or family guests are not slipping or sliding on frozen driveways or walking paths. Keep those clear with some preparation beforehand. Ensure that your home is stocked with shovels and ice melt. These will help keep it clear. In addition, the snow draining should never pour out onto the walkway. Make sure any runoff from the melting roof is filtered into the flowerbeds or area that will not be trafficked.
Winter Weather Prevention Strategies
Getting your house winter ready includes a few more steps. For some of us in the more extreme regions of winter, you may experience days where travel is not advised due to low temperatures. On those days, you need to be prepared for what it means to stay in.
Here are some suggestions to get ready for the winter months, the falling snow, and the chilly freezing temperatures. Follow a few of them to prepare your home to be a hideout this winter.
Stock your home with all the necessities for a snow-in. You don’t want to be caught unprepared, because no-body likes to be cold. Have a set of snow tires or chains in the car, stockpile snow shovels in the garage and carry one in the trunk, and never drive without the snow scraper in the car.
Inside the home, have plenty of batteries, food that doesn’t require power, and of course something to keep your warm. Many would also suggest having an extra power source for nights without power or heat.
Winter can be fun, all it takes it a little advanced preparation. Having all the necessities when disaster strikes makes for a more relaxed situation. Thinking things through will also prevent the problems that winter freezing can cause. All of this will save on your budget when repairs happen, or when you need things during demand seasons. Winter will be fun this year when you have everything ready!