In the last few years, New Jersey homes have experienced a lot of damage from severe weather. While some weather events are too much for any home to handle, preventing extensive damage is very possible in most situations. Whether it’s heavy snow or freezing temperatures, there are many things you can do as a homeowner to protect your property from the severe elements.
Melting snow, ice dams and freezing pipes are some of the bigger threats during winter. By following a few severe weather protection tips, you can prevent most damage to your home. You should:
- Remove accumulated snow from your high-level roof before it can melt or cause structural damage. If you can’t remove this snow safely yourself, please hire a professional.
- Remove snow from walls, window wells and stairwells. Melting in these areas can cause serious rot or mold growth. Also make sure that gutters are clear of leaves and debris so that melting snow can drain properly.
- Ensure you have a properly insulated and ventilated attic. An attic that is too warm can melt snow and cause the formation of ice dams.
- Protect exposed outside pipes with insulation sleeves, and give inside pipes access to heated air in your home by opening cabinet doors. Fall plumbing maintenance can help ensure everything is protected.
- Allow faucets that receive water from exposed or heated pipes to trickle during freezing weather. Doing so may prevent the pipe from freezing and bursting.
In water does infiltrate your home, you can minimize the damage by getting everything to dry as quickly as possible. Good ventilation, fans and dehumidifiers all help, but water extraction experts may be your best options. Taking immediate action to prevent winter mold and other expensive damages should be your top priority.
If you’d like more information about severe weather protection for your home or help with your air conditioning, heating or plumbing, contact us at Aggressive Mechanical Contractors Inc. Our family owned and operated business has been serving Monmouth County, NJ, and the surrounding areas for more than three generations.
Our goal is to help educate our customers in Monmouth County, New Jersey and surrounding areas about energy and home comfort issues (specific to HVAC systems).
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