Protecting Your House After Snow
Who doesn’t love a snow day? Once the driveway and sidewalks are shoveled, check out these tips on protecting your home that you may not have considered.
Shovel Decks: If there is more than half a foot of snow, you may want to consider clearing it from your deck. Using plastic shovels can help prevent unwanted scratching on your deck material. Avoid using ice melt or salt as it could damage wood decks.
Clear Your Vents: Make sure your furnace vents are clear of snow. Carbon monoxide could build up if your furnace vent is blocked. A blocked vent may also cause a hot water heater to quit functioning. Use a broom to remove any snow.
Uncover Fire Hydrants: If you live near a fire hydrant, you should take a few minutes to dig it out if you notice it is covered - this can help a firefighter if there is an emergency!
Unblock Ice Dams: Be sure to check your gutters for ice dams. When ice dams are present and water backs up, it slows the water melting off the roof behind it and that water then seeps under the shingles and into the house.
Sweep Off Hot Tubs: Always broom off your hot tub if you own one. The weight of heavy snow can cause the cover to buckle in the middle.