Some home damage can be difficult to avoid during winter in Superior. To help reduce the chances of something like this occuring, we want to talk about the two most common problems and how you can prevent them.
We’ll start by discussing frozen pipes. These are a common issue, but we have many ideas for prevention. Use the suggestions next time the outside temperature is planned to drop below 20 degrees Fahrenheit.
- Don’t turn off your furnace. Keeping the house warm will keep your pipes warm. Remember that saving a few dollars from lower heat will not offset the amount you would need to pay following broken pipes.
- Let the faucets drip in extreme cold weather. This can keep the pipe from freezing. Note that you should let both sides of the faucet drip.
- Call a plumber immediately if your pipes freeze.
Ice dams are another large risk from frigid cold weather. The key here is to take precautions before it is even cold outside.
- Make sure your attic is insulated. This will prevent snow from melting on your roof by keeping warm air out of the attic.
- Create ventilation. The key is to cool your attic. Ventilation such as an eave, soffit, ridge or gable will allow cold air in.
- Call Paul Davis Restoration of the Northland ASAP if an ice dam does appear on your roof.