The changing seasons means we must prepare our Owen Sound Homes for everything that winter will inevitably throw our way. Everything from harsh weather to freezing temperatures, and there is no way to avoid it. Hard winters can lead to disaster that may not be revealed until it’s too late. Problems such as damaged siding, ice dams, and frozen pipes can cause serious and expensive damages. Properly winterizing your home can be a chore but it will be well worth it in the long run as failing to do so may end up costing you your home. The extent of winterization your house requires depends on where you are located as well as the style of home you own. For those of us here in the City of Owen Sound, we are part of what is called the “snow belt” and therefore must take maximum preventative measures. Here are a few helpful tips to prepare you for this years onslaught of snow.
Clear Your Roof Of Snow
One of the most important, and also one of the most vulnerable, parts of any Owen Sound home is the roof. With high a volume snow fall over night it can be difficult to maintain the structural integrity of your roof. Be sure to have your roof raked or shoveled on a regular basis to prevent the heavy build up of snow from causing it to collapse. This can be incredibly expensive to repair if that were to happen. While you clean off the snow from your roof you should make sure that there is no ice buildup. This is called Ice Daming and it can cause severe water damage to your roof or lead to mold growth. One of the first things you should do before winter is to check the ventilation from the attic as this is what can lead to the formation of an ice dam in the first place.
Prevent Frozen Pipes
Water damage due to frozen pipes is by far the most common winter hazard. Typically affecting pipes running close to an exterior wall, or poorly insulated garages, this can be one of the most expensive problems to arise due to winter conditions. Frozen pipes are easily prevented, simply ensure that your home maintains a room tempurature day and night. You can also protect your self by having additional insulation added to problem areas such as bathrooms, kitchens, basements, and garages. If you decide to go on a vacation and avoid the cold weather entirely, be sure to shut off your main water valve in advance.