You don’t want to end up with a costly bill from water damage once spring arrives next year. Fortunately, you can easily prevent this from happening by spotting problem areas in your home early on. Now that the cold weather is setting in, it’s never been a better time to protect your home from winter water damage.
One of the most important things to get ready for winter is your gutters. If they end up getting filled with leaves, they’ll be too blocked for water to effectively flow through them and empty away from your home. During the winter, if your gutters are blocked with leaves and water, you can also face serious roof damage as well. In the spring, when ice and snow start melting off your roof, clogged gutters can cause extensive water damage in your home, since that’s where the gutter water will be diverted to by spilling over the top.
However, in order to prevent all of this you should regularly clean out your gutters and have a professional inspect them before winter arrives. This way, you won’t run into any problems in the foreseeable future.
Now that you have your gutters cleared, it’s time to take a look at the grounds of your home, more specific, your foundation. When you have blocked gutters, water can spill over the top and seep into your foundation, damaging it and creating a dangerous living situation for you and your family.
You should also make sure you have a good system set up to divert the water away from the house. Even if your gutters are cleared out, it’s crucial that they have a path away from your house and out into the street. Without this in place, your foundation can crack or worse.
Roof and Siding
The next thing you want to check to protect your home from water damage this winter is your roofing and siding. The last thing you need this winter is leaking from your roof and siding, which can ruin your home and cause extensive damage which will need to get fixed the following spring. Fortunately, if you know what to look for, you can catch it early on and prevent interior damage.
You should make sure your attic is properly insulated to prevent ice from stripping your siding. Heat escaping from your home can melt snow on your home before the sun does, it then refreezes overhanging your roof and creates ice damming. Unfortunately, this can tear off your gutters and damage your siding.