Heavy snow accumulation can pose a threat to your home as snow builds up and then melts. The three most important things to do are:
Watch for snow accumulation on the downwind side of a higher-level roof, where blowing snow will collect. For safe removal that won't endanger you or damage your roof, consult a roofing contractor for a referral.
Remove snow from basement stairwells, window wells and all walls. Melting snow can lead to water damage and moisture intrusion.
Keep your attic well ventilated to maintain a temperature close to that of the outdoors to minimize the risk of ice dams forming. A warm attic melts snow on the roof, causing water to run down and refreeze at the roof's edge, where it's much cooler. If ice builds up and blocks water from draining, water is forced under the roof covering and into your attic or down the inside walls of your house.
Bursting pipes occur when frozen water causes a pressure buildup between an ice blockage and a closed faucet. Pipes in attics, crawl spaces and outside walls are particularly vulnerable to extreme cold. To keep water in your pipes from freezing:
Fit exposed pipes with insulation sleeves or wrapping to slow heat transfer.
Seal cracks and holes in outside walls and foundations near water pipes with caulking.
Keep cabinet doors open to allow warm air to circulate around pipes.
Keep a slow trickle of water flowing through faucets connected to pipes that run through an unheated or unprotected space.
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