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Prevent Ice Damage to Your Home This Winter

14 December 2012
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Every winter ice and snow pose a threat to your home, your family, and your safety.  Luckily there are some things you can do to help prevent ice turning into a problem. 

 

Here are a few tips to help you avoid ice damage from turning minor trouble spots into major repair issues:

Clean Gutters.  Blockages from leaves, sticks, and other debris in your gutters and drain spouts can result in internal water problems causing water to drip from the ceiling and walls, which will cause costly damage. Blockages can also cause damage to exterior painted surfaces.

Extend Drain Spouts.  Ideally, drain spouts should project water at least five feet away from the home’s foundation.

Trim TreesTrim back trees and remove dead branches that can become weak from ice and snow build-up.  In a snow storms, these could fall, possibly damaging your home or car, or injuring passersby.

Make Steps Safe.  Make repairs to faulty steps and handrails in front of your home to prevent injury from slipping on ice.

Seal Cracks.  Inspect your home for cracks or holes in outside walls and foundations and make necessary repairs to prevent ice from getting inside them and creating more damage.

Protect Pipes.  Use caulking to protect water pipes from freezing.

Seal Roof Openings.  Make sure that skylights and other roof openings have proper weather stripping to prevent snow melt from seeping in and causing water damage.

 

For more information, visit http://www.moneypit.com/article/ice-damage-prevention-tips-homeowners




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