Tips for protecting your home from Winter
This is a special guest post written by Mike Holmes. Lexis is a member of Holmes Approved Homes.
It’s a sad day when I have to take my boat out of the water and face the reality of fall and winter. Winter can be very damaging to your home, especially if you haven’t kept up with seasonal maintenance.
Luckily, there a few things we can do to minimize the damage of Old Man Winter.
- When it comes to de-icers the most common is salt, but it damages your lawn and garden and eats away at rock, concrete and mortar. It’s just one of those things that causes deterioration. Instead, after shoveling I apply a good layer of sand and gravel.
- Remember to shovel the snow away from your foundation walls. Concrete is porous and moisture from melting snow can be absorbed by foundation walls and penetrate into the basement. A little more shoveling can go a long a way.
- Make sure that any pipes that run through cold zones—such as crawlspaces, a garage or along a wall that isn’t insulated, like in the basement—are properly wrapped with foam.
- Familiarize yourself with your home insurance policy. Not all insurance policies cover snow and ice damage. Most standard policies won’t cover winter-related flooding, unless you have a separate flood insurance policy.