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Winter Home Dangers

While the winter can bring chilly weather and seasonal blues, it can also cause potential problems for most homeowners. Most people probably know to dress warmly and be careful while driving during the winter, but some of the seasonal changes and their impact on houses may not be as well-known.



Winter weather

When the cold seasons rolls around, the elements may wage a war against homes that aren't prepared for a change in weather. To stay safe and make it through winter, note some of the top dangers to houses from the weather:



  • Ice - Ice can be a problem in a number of ways, from creating slippery steps and blocked gutters. When ice accumulates in gutters, it is difficult for them to drain properly and you could end up with leaks into your home through the roof, chimney or any area that isn't well-insulated. Ice dams on the roof can also cause damage to its structure. If water gets under shingles and freezes, it is possible for cracks to appear and increase leaks through the ceiling.

  • Snow - While most homeowners don't worry about Santa Claus and his reindeer landing on the roof during the holidays, heavy snow accumulations can be a big problem. While most people probably assume their roof is strong, large amounts of snow can actually cause them to cave in. When it comes to homeowners insurance, not all policies will cover roof damage from a snow cave-in. Before the winter seasons approaches, be sure to check your policy to see if you are protected.

  • Wind - While high winds can cause damage at any point during the year from bad weather, winter storms can appear suddenly and end up leaving people locked indoors or in danger on the road. Blizzard conditions with high winds can cause falling trees or poles that could damage a home.

  • Cold - When temperatures dip below freezing, there are a number of concerns for homeowners. Insufficient insulation can cause pipes to freeze and burst. The damage from this can be severe and costly and even cause a flood in your home. If water isn't running from a faucet when it's cold out, it could be a sign that the pipes have frozen. When this happens, homeowners should call a plumber right away to thaw out pipes in order to avoid a burst.
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