While we haven’t seen loads of white snow on our lawns over the past few weeks, this Alberta winter is just getting started. Forecasts predict cold patches and precipitation, so it’s never too late to take measures to protect your home. In fact, take advantage of the snow absence while you can!
Most of us revel in the warmer temperatures brought by Chinooks, but your home and your roof may not be as fortunate. When the snow melts from the roof and trickles down to your frozen gutters, you’re left with an ice dam along the edge of your home. The dam encourages water to seep under the tiles and can cause expensive damage.
If there’s no snow on your roof, take a look to see if your gutters are clear of leaves. Got ice dams? Check out your ventilation system. This is key to long-term prevention, and if you’re considering replacing your roof, you’ll want winter proof and water proof linings. Removing any snow can help too, but don’t pick away at the ice, in case it causes more damage.
Keep the Heat
Tackle the cold with measures as simple as hanging heavy drapes or installing inexpensive plastic film on the windows. These help to maintain the divide, and can make a world of difference!
After the Storm
After a large storm has passed is the ideal time to assess how you can look after your home. You’ll notice which trees collect snow, if your gutters are home to some large icicles, and where the snow accumulates around your home.
Clear any large pilings and carefully knock down the icicles, both of which will relieve pressure and prevent future damage. When you clear the snow around your home, check any vents for blockage.
If you’re holding off on selling your home until the warmer weather returns, these preventative tips will help you see a better return on investment when it comes to your home’s value.
Krista Kehoe, Calgary real estate agent & REALTOR®