Wind warnings have been reported by CBC News for Southern Alberta, and with it some unprecedented warming that has pushed temperatures in the region significantly above freezing. The brunt of the wind falls on Edmonton, who anticipates 120 km/hr winds, while Red Deer remains more comfortable at 65 km/hr (extreme kite enthusiasts anyone?). However, the focus of today’s post lands on the mid-winter warmth. While we are certainly likely to return to January’s daytime norm of below freezing temperatures soon enough, the current balmy (a relative term) conditions have homeowners thinking about the impending thaw and subsequent snow melt.
Whether you intend on getting a head-start on your snow melt preparations or will refer to this article again as spring nears, the following tips will help you best protect your home from the thaw that comes with warm late winter / early spring days in Red Deer.
5 Tips to Protect Your Home from Snow Melt
1. Leave the Icicles Alone
It can be amusing to hand the kids a broomstick and watch them walk the perimeter of the home, knocking down icicles in anticipation of a sudden thaw. However this can cause more harm (gutter damage, personal injury, etc…) than letting the icicles run their natural course as the weather melts them away. But take note of tip #2 below.
2. Protect Base of Home from Roof Draining
To protect the drip from the aforementioned icicles and snow melting off of the roof be sure to protect the base of your home by piling up dirt or top soil in a downward sloping motion away from the exterior walls. You will first need to shovel snow away from the edges of your home’s base (a tip within itself) and dump it out on a flat portion of the lawn, far enough away from the house.
3. Clear Obstructions from Gutters, Drains, and Catch Basins
When clearing the snow accumulation away from the base edges of your home be sure to include the gutters, drains, and catch basins in the “sweep”. In addition to the snow, clear away any obstructions that may have collected on or near them (leaves, litter, etc…) during the season so that nothing prevents the melt from draining away properly.
4. Ensure Shingles are Secure
This can be tricky if your roof is snow-caked at the moment, but if you have taken precautions early in the season to prevent a foot of snow accumulation on the roof, or have brought in a professional, then inspection of shingles are imperative. Check to see that shingles are secure and tightly in place so that no further damage is sustained nor is the underbelly left more susceptible to the thaw.
5. Inspect For, and Seal, Cracks on the Outside of Your Home
Walk the entire exterior of your home, inspect every single nook and cranny from the base and stairwells to window edges and doors, and check for cracks or fractures. If you spot even the smallest or slightest fissure be sure to seal it well before the full thaw arrives so that the exterior of your home is water tight.
We hope these tips help your household remain dry and cozy during the snow thaw that will arrive soon enough in Red Deer. For any other inquiries regarding homes for sale in Red Deer please feel free to contact Benedict Devlin anytime.