Spring, summer, fall, and winter, each have their own unique problems to deal with. When winter rears it’s sometimes nasty head it is prudent to be aware of issues in several different areas. Even after the season has passed, it may leave behind some damage that you need to be prepared for. Because of its icy, cold nature, winter often leaves behind unsuspecting damage that you may not find until you are well into spring. Below are some unexpected repairs you may need to watch out for following winter.
In some areas, snow can be the main culprit. Soft and fluffy, sometimes heavy and wet, this beautiful stuff is capable of taking down buildings. Even the aging and slightly leaning pergola located just out the kitchen door, can fall prey to weighty snowfall. Strengthen that structure promptly when you recognize the telltale signs of imminent failure. It could save the entire pergola and everything beneath it. You may also consider taking preventative action like shoveling the snow off of the roof of your home, patio, and garage. This will help minimize the amount of stress the structure will be put under.
Ice is lovely to view as it clings to the trees in all of its glittering glory. But its weight can gather in such strength during ice storms of long duration that it causes the tree limbs to snap like match sticks. This can be awesome to hear and see, but no fun to clean up. Trees aren’t exactly part of a home but they lend beauty to the landscape and need tending just as the roof and gutters may after ice storms visit. Ice can cause more damage to your home than you may be aware of. Consider pruning your trees in the fall to avoid unnecessary breakage and regularly inspecting your gutters to ensure they are working properly.
Freezing and Thawing Damage
Your underground water pipes can also be frozen during extended nasty weather. A low spot over pipes can cause a water freeze-up there. During a thaw, the melted ice will seep to the surface. Digging up that area and repairing the pipe is not extremely difficult, just physically demanding. If the time of freezing goes beyond a few days, soil may freeze hard enough to lift concrete walks and driveways. This fix may require professionals to repair it adequately. There are some preventative measures you can take regarding your pipes, but some of the damage ice and freezing causes is so unexpected it can only be repaired.
Keeping you cozy and comfortable is the job of the trusty furnace. Especially during long severe cold spells, that silent servant tucked away in a closet or service area works to keep you toasty warm. At the end of winter and all the nastiness that weather systems can throw at you, the furnace may not be humming along as handily as it was last year. Using professionals is important to give the furnace a tune up in the spring to prepare it for its job of cooling you all summer.
Use your own research as well as the tips above to do your best to survive the winter and avoid these unexpected repairs. There will always be home repairs that need to be made, but if you follow the above tips you will be able to avoid some expensive and unnecessary damage.
Guest Author Bio: Emma Sturgis is a freelance writer based out of Boston. Emma recommends Glendale Heating & Air Conditioning for your furnace repair needs.