|Description:||For those who live in extreme cold areas where winter condition is an everyday obstacle, it is an everyday job to chop off the snow from the windshield or driveway. As much as some people adore winter snowfall to be precise can be a big time pain. People living in wooden houses are on much on the stake of damage. When the snow falls on the wood and melt in day time and again refreeze, it can cause a real damage to a wooden house. When the snow melts it becomes water and if it’s left unclean, it can result in leakage.
In this article you will find how snow can damage your house and what precautionary steps should be taken to minimize the damage. So let’s get started.
1. Structural damages:
Deep snow can demolish a roof or a house itself completely. Most newly built homes can bear the heavy snowfall, but the old ones can be in a serious problem. Old wood decks which need a quick fix should not be neglected, the snow freezes under it reducing its life.
Use a snow roof rake to clean the maximum snow for about 3-4 feet. But if you have an old roof or a house you will need more cleaning. For deck you don’t have to leave it all the time, just make sure the snow doesn’t pile up on the feet. Clear the snow before the sun starts melting it.
2. Unclean vents:
Another major issue with deep snow is that it can choke the furnace and exhaust pipes. These exhaust pipes are usually going up through the chimney. Deep snow can make its way down to the exhaust pipe blocking the carbon monoxide to exhale out. Do you know every year people die with chokes caused by these fumes?
Before winter welcomes you, hire a professional and get your chimney, water tanks, exhaust pipes cleaned once a year. It is better to be precautious.
Snowy weather brings the risk of injuries with itself. Many people get severely injured by slipping. It’s better to keep your driveways and walkways cleaned. Keep cleaning so it doesn’t pile up. Use a shovel to do the job. Also, while climbing the roof in a snowy weather, make sure the roof is clean and no snow is left behind. Climb up with the help of a strong rope tied to a tree.
Once you are done cleaning up the driveways and walkways, mix calcium chloride and sand and spread it all through the driveway and walkway. This won’t let you slip and a good grip will be maintained.
Cover your car’s windshield with an old bed sheet. The wipers will help to hold the bed sheet, once the weather gets better take it off. This won’t let the snow damage your windshield.
4. Snow bowlers:
Snow bowlers are a great and effective way of cleaning snow in no time. But again it can cause damage if not used properly. Switch off the snow bowler before removing the plugged snow. Many people have died due to improper use of snow bowlers.
5. Keep an emergency kit:
If you live in a place where harsh weather like deep snow occurs frequently, it’s recommended to keep an emergency kit with you at home or even in your car. The kit should have batteries, flashlights, blankets etc.
Your house is precious; don’t let a weather affect it. A little homework before winter can assure the safety of your assets. It’s better to stay inside your home when it’s too cold outside. Don’t drive reckless and keep shoveling your driveways.|