A blizzard can be detrimental to your home, especially if you are not prepared for the worst. Knowing how much snow your roof can hold and how to protect your pipes from freezing are great first steps to keeping your home safe and damage-free in the winter. However, there are a variety of other things you can do as well to ensure you won’t find yourself needing costly repairs down the line.
Prevent ice dams: Ice that builds up along the edge of the roof or around your drains will prevent snow from draining correctly as it melts. This will result in the water being backed up into your walls, ceilings, and insulation. You can avoid this ice buildup by inspecting your roof’s drainage, keeping gutters and downspouts clean, and trimming trees for minimal leaf debris.
Use alternative heat sources with caution: A space heater can be a great way to heat the home or area without constantly running the furnace and can also be useful in the event your power goes out. However, these heaters can be dangerous if the correct precautions are not made. The National Fire Protection Association states that home fires involving heating equipment caused 400 civilian deaths in 2011. These fires were most often started due to poorly maintained personal heaters or poor placement in the home.
At EZ Home Solutions LLC, our roofing contractors in St. Charles, MO will help you repair any issues you experience due to snow and ice. Contact our team today by calling (314) 665-1860 to schedule service.