Implications of Weather

While you can't change the weather, you can minimize some of winter's biggest threats to your home.

Heavy snow accumulation can pose a threat to your home or business -- both as it builds up and as it melts.


Watch for snow accumulation on the leeward (downwind) side of a higher-level roof, where blowing snow will collect.


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.


Keep gutters and downspouts cleared of debris and ice. First of all, it's important to clean your gutters several times a year. That way when cold rain and ice strike, you don't have to worry about debris blocking the flow. If you spot icicles beginning to form on your gutters and downspouts, it's important to gently and safely break them apart.


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