Frigid temperatures increase the risk of fire from home heating equipment and water damage from burst pipes. Consider these tips to protect your home:
The exterior of your home is vulnerable to damage from winter weather too. Keep gutters and downspouts clear of leaves and debris so water can quickly flow off the roof. Water that cannot get away may back up under shingles and refreeze. This can result in damage to walls and ceilings. Properly insulate and ventilate the attic so warm air can escape. Snow on the roof warmed by air in the attic may melt and refreeze, causing ice to back up under the shingles. Melting ice may seep into the house and cause interior damage. Hire a professional to remove excessive snow (1 - 2 feet) or ice (4 inches). Roof joists may collapse under a massive accumulation of snow or ice. Trim overhanging tree limbs to avoid roof damage from heavy, snow or ice-covered falling branches. Properly attach, repair or replace loose shingles and siding as needed. A strong wind may rip unsecured singles or siding off the home. Place outdoor equipment in a wind protected location.