Inclement weather tends to challenge homeowners and their bank accounts. You wake up one morning and there is two feet of snow on the ground that appeared seemingly out of nowhere. You dig your car out of the snow to get to work, but you fail. Trudging back inside, you plan on calling work to let them know you will be taking care of your responsibilities from home today — and the next few days. As you turn the corner toward your front door, an avalanche slides off your roof and crashes on your front steps. You freeze in terror. What if that was you the snow slammed into the ground? What if it was one of your children?
At All Phase Restoration, we take your home and family’s safety seriously. That’s why in this article, we want to warn you of the dangers surrounding snow and ice on and around your home. What’s more, we will share how these forms of water can cause damage to your home without you knowing it.
How Snow Can Damage Your Home
Your roof is engineered to handle a certain amount of weight. In Colorado, most homes are built with what’s called snow-load in mind. This means that the trusses can hold the roof and a limited amount of extra weight. This snow-load was determined by the county prior to the home being built. If your home is older than most, you may want to get it inspected or checked. Here are three ways snow can damage your home:
#1. Collapse Your Roof
Enough snow weight may collapse certain sections of your roof, causing structural and eventual water damage when the snow melts.
#2. Damage Your Surrounding Property
A roof avalanche can occur if the snow gets too heavy to “stick” to your roof. It will slide off your roof and crush whatever is below.
#3. Leak Through Your Windows And Doors
As snow begins to melt, the water may find its way into gaps and crevices around your windows, doors, flashing, or other roofing components.
How Ice Can Damage Your Home
Ice is just as dangerous as snow, if not more dangerous. It can cause quite a bit of damage to your home if you do not take care of it promptly. Here are three ways ice can damage your home:
#1. Frozen Pipes
Once the temperature drops below freezing for multiple days — or weeks in Colorado — your pipes may freeze if you do not leave them on a constant drip. If your pipes do freeze, the danger of them bursting as they begin to thaw out is high.
#2. Ice Dam
Did you know ice can crawl up hill? An ice dam may form in your gutter, which collects water, freezes it, and forces it to expand where there is space. This space can be along your gutters, beneath your roof shingles above the ice dam, or down the face of your gutters as icicles.
These beautiful formations are dangerous. Not only can they add more weight to your gutters, but they pose a threat to you and your family if they detach and fall.
Have you sustained water damage to your Denver home? Give AP Restoration a call today to schedule your appointment.