Ahhhhh, the winter time. Snowflakes fall, the fireplace is on and you’re snuggled up on a couch with some hot cocoa, coffee or tea. The seemingly gentle whistle of wind blows-than bam! A tree branch hits your window and suddenly you are covered in scalding hot liquid and shaken half to death. What in the world?! You look outside and wow, those flurries are going on pretty hard. Hmmm, well, it seems to be that you and your home are actually smack dab in the midst of a winter blizzard. Charming.
There are many potential blizzard damages that may disturb the peace and comfort of your home. The last thing we want is to be assaulted with an unwelcome blast of cold wind if something hits our window too hard and breaks glass. That’s why it’s best to prepare and be aware of the dangers of a blizzard and how to take the necessary precautions and preventions to avoid blizzard damage.
What are the dangers of a blizzard?
- Power supply may suddenly shut off.
- Entries and exits may be barred by snow or ice.
- Roof may collapse from the heavy weight of snow.
- Low food, water, energy or medicinal supplies.
- Carbon monoxide poisoning from heating home with stove or outside grill.
What damage does a blizzard cause?
- High winds can cause items to become airborne and hit your house or break windows.
- Ice dams can develop on your roof which pose threats to your roofing such as damage to your shingles, roof leaks and gutters clogging or falling off.
- Basements can be flooded from ice melting.
- Frozen pipes are more susceptible to bursting or breaking.
How do you prepare for a blizzard?
Here are some ways to prevent blizzard damage:
- Check that your shingles are properly installed and your roof is up to code standards.
- Regularly check your foundation and roof for leaks and cracks.
- Salt your roof, gutters and downspouts to prevent ice formation.
- Get your home inspected for proper insulation as improper insulation is the main cause of ice dams developing. (Ice dams form when certain areas of the roof are warmer or colder than other areas. Snow would melt in some areas while it gathers and freezes in colder ones, thereby freezing it into a pile of ice.) Additionally, proper insulation will retain heat evenly in your home when freeze comes around so you’ll be nice and cozy.
- Pare back trees from your home by surveying the areas around your house and trimming branches and bushes that can potentially cause damage from high winds.
- Consider installing sturdy, resistant glass to limit the effects of wind damage.
- Use a roof rake to scrape off snow or slush from your roof to prevent it freezing to ice and causing ice dams.
- Clear snow off outside vents or furnaces that are susceptible to exhaust from the combustion of oil or gas.
- Clear doorways of snow for easy entrance and exits.
- To keep heat inside the house and prevent snow from coming in, close chimney flues, windows and doors.
- If there is a power outage, close all entry points or openings to and from the outside. To prevent food from spoiling try to limit the opening and closing of the fridge and freezer.
- Have ample energy supplies in advance such as food, water, medicine or clothing.
- In order to reduce the chances of pipes freezing, try insulating pipes in areas were you know temperatures are likely to drop.
- In order to reduce the susceptibility of your pipes from bursting, turn on your water enough to allow for a dribble before you go to bed.
What should you do after a blizzard?
- Check the damages only when you know you are safe.
- Don’t drive on the roads until they are clear or salted enough to do so.
- Have a professional inspection done of your home if you see damages are beyond your expertise.
- Contact your home repair services for house repair if necessary.
Blizzard damage costs can vary in range depending on the damage, model, year and other specifications of your home. Whether you need to replace your roof (Cedar Shingles) or foundation (Denver, CO slab leak repair,) there are a variety of home repair and plumbing services in your area that are prepared to assist you in your blizzard damages!
When you suspect there is a blizzard on the horizon, make sure to develop a home inspection checklist so you and your loved ones are amply prepared. Taking preventive measures will greatly reduce the risk of potential blizzard damages. Try to enjoy the winter months and stay cozy without stress by staying safe!
If you live in the Castle Rock, CO area and require blizzard damage repair or replacement, give Front Range Storm Contractors a call at (720) 506-4425! We can answer any question you may have and provide your with certified and skilled services!