With the cold weather in full force and spring just a couple of months away, it can be easy to forget about the importance of preventing the need for water damage repairs. Water damage can be a costly ordeal and failing to keep up on maintenance can really set you back in the long run as you prepare to sell your home. For those looking for some tips on keeping their home in shape and protecting it from water damage, our experts at Soil Away have listed some of the best ones below.
Cleaning out your gutters is one of the simplest ways to ensure that your home is protected from water damage by ensuring the proper circulation and flow of water through them. Always make sure to keep them free of any leaves, sticks and debris and the snow and ice will be able to freely flow away from your home. Clean gutters also help with curb appeal to prospective buyers.
Keeping your trees trimmed will minimize the amount of dead branches that make their way into your gutters – this is common during the winter due to the ice, snow and wind that can easily take their toll. Pay special attention to larger branches that could fall on the house during a winter storm. Have these professionally trimmed or pruned.
Seal any cracks or holes in your home’s outside walls and foundations and use caulking to protect your water pipes and minimize leakage. Additionally, ensure that your skylights and any other opening in your roof have proper weather stripping in order to make sure that no snowmelt makes its way in.
Frozen pipes are very common during cold weather and one of the best ways to prevent this from happening is to let the cold water drip from the facet that is connected to the exposed pipes. Running even a small amount of water prevents them from freezing and when combined with a steady thermostat temperature during the day and night, you will minimize the chances of the pipes freezing.
If you notice an ice dam forming on your roof, make efforts to clear them off. Make sure this is done in a safe way. Many people choose to hire a roofing contractor or tree company to perform this service. Ice dams, if left unattended, can cause significant water damage to the inside of a home.
When planning to sell your home, you will want to make sure you have taken these steps to reduce the risk of water damage significantly. However, for those that require more comprehensive water damage repair, our experts can help you get your home back into shape. For further questions or concerns, give us a call anytime at (603) 301-4863 and we’ll be happy to help you out.