Brrrrr....... it has been a cold week here in Dallas.It all started with a nice snow shower on Sunday afternoon. And since then it has only gotten colder, causing much of the snow to stick around on roofs and bushes.While Dallas certainly is not known for having the harshest winters on Earth, we do get our fair share of cold weather in the winter months. And when the temperatures go below freezing it can really wreck havoc on your home. Roof damage, burst drains, and frozen pipes are just a few of the headaches Mr. Winter can cause. Below I have posted some great tips from weather.com that can help minimize winter's threat to your home. If you have any useful tips not listed below please leave them in our comments section so we can share them with our other readers.
Winter Weather Home Tips
While you can't change the weather, you can minimize some of winter's biggest threats to your home.
Heavy snow accumulation can pose a threat to your home or business -- both as it builds up and as it melts. The three most important things to do are:
Water intrusion and flood damage from melting snow and ice can threaten homes and businesses, but you can take these steps to help minimize the potential damage.
Immediately after the threat of physical danger has passed:
By taking immediate action, you will reduce the amount of damage and increase the chance of salvaging usable materials. You'll also reduce the amount of rust, rot, mold and mildew that may develop, and lower the likelihood that the water will lead to structural problems.
Ice dams are an accumulation of ice at the lower edge of a sloped roof. When interior heat melts the snow, water can run down and refreeze at the roof's edge, where it's much cooler. If the ice builds up and blocks water from draining off the roof, water is forced under the roof covering and into your attic or down the inside walls of your house.
To help reduce the risk of ice dams:
Bursting pipes occur when frozen water causes a pressure buildup between the ice blockage and the closed faucet. Pipes in attics, crawl spaces and outside walls are particularly vulnerable to extreme cold. To keep water in your pipes from freezing: