5 Ways to Protect Your Home From Winter Storms
Winter in Alaska can be rough and put an extra strain on your home’s roof and framing. Because of the added stress, it’s important to be extra vigilant of potential problems in your home this time of the year. Here are a few ways to be proactive to protect your home from the coming winter storms.
1. Warm Your Pipes. Burst pipes are a big problem in the winter. When the temperature drops below freezing, the water inside your pipes can freeze and burst if they’re not properly insulated. The resulting damage can be very expensive to repair. To be proactive, it’s important to make sure all of your pipes are properly insulated, especially in your attic, basement, and exterior walls. Keep your kitchen cabinet doors open to promote airflow to these areas, and allow your faucet to drip when it’s not in use to keep the water flowing.
2. Check for Ice Dams. Ice dams can form on the roof of your home which prevents snow melt from draining off of the roof. This can result in unnecessary weight on the roof of your house. If you notice an ice dam, it’s important to create a path that allows the water to drain from your roof to prevent build up.
3. Trim Branches. Strong winds can cause tree branches to sway and snap at any moment. Make sure that any dead branches or branches close to your home are trimmed. This will help prevent them from blowing into your house or scraping your roof shingles.
4. Invest in a generator. In the event of a power outage, a generator will provide electricity to your home. This will help keep your power going and keep your home warm. Generators will help keep your family comfortable and can help prevent frozen pipes.
5. Check your roof. Roofs can take a beating in the winter. It’s important to keep an eye on your roof and make note of anything that looks unusual. If you notice something looks off, it’s important to have it looked it right away to prevent any potential problems.
If you have noticed a problem with your home, call our team. We will take a look at the issue and make a plan for repair.