Red Deer Alberta has had more than its fair share of snowfall so far in this month of November and the forecast for the next couple of days looks to bring about the same. Red Deer area homeowners are accustomed to this seasonal "treat", the wonderfully dramatic seasonal changes being a big drawing point for those that once lived in more drab climates. However snowfall, as scenic and playful as it may be for the family, requires that your home receive extra special attention when it arrives and sticks around for a few weeks/months. In this week's Red Deer Realtor blog entry Benedict Devlin is providing some easy to follow advice for your home's care during our winter wonderland season.
5 Tips to Protecting Your Home from Snow
1. Removal from Wells & Walls
Keep your basement stairwells, window wells, and exterior walls free from snow at all times. Snow melt concentrations at these points could very well lead to intrusion of moisture and ultimate water damage if not attended to. In addition, seal all cracks and holes in both the above mentioned zones in addition to water pipe foundations with caulking.
2. Raise the Roof, from the Burden of Snow
Snow blanketing the roof of your home may make for a great photographic moment in time but over time that wet weight is detrimental to the health of the abode. After every major snowfall be sure to remove the snow from the roof to reduce downward forcing pressure and to prevent one of the most common issues that homes face - the formation of ice dams. Never let more than 8-12 inches accumulate (varying upon age of home) without having the snow removed. If you are looking at homes in the Central Alberta area ask your real estate agent about the type of roof, its age, and the overall condition of its structure.
3. Insulated Attics Are Not Scary
Attics can be a little creepy but there is nothing scarier (to the health of your home) than one improperly insulated after a snowstorm. Keep this space at the peak of your home properly insulated to prevent the cycle of melting and freezing - a process conducive to the creation of those darn ice dams.
4. Go on an Icicle Chopping-Spree
Another aesthetically pleasing postcard perfect picture of your home in the winter is found when icicles line the edges of your roof. Resist the temptation to look at those glistening shards as decor and chop them down to their demise instead. They may not necessarily indicate the existence of ice dams but it makes sense to remove them for common sense reasons - sharp pointed tips of ice do not fare well for anyone passing underneath. Be sure to sweep the broken pieces to the snow-caked grass and keep the ice away from the base of your home and off the pathways.
5. Keep a Pallet of Ice Melt in the Garage
Don't be the last one to show up at Canadian Tire combing the aisles for a bag of ice melt after the forecast has called for a major snow storm. Chances are they'll be sold out and your only alternative will be to hit Craigslist and pray someone has a flame thrower for sale (not recommended) to melt the snow on your home's walkways, driveways, and paths. While you don't actually need a pallet, buy a couple more bags than you anticipate you need to ensure that you are fully stocked for the snowfall that can accumulate on your concrete throughout the winter season.
I hope the above straight forward tips help put you on the right path to yet another successful season for your home in the snow so that you and your family can enjoy all of the benefits that the winter wonderland season of Red Deer can bring. For more information on Red Deer real estate please contact Benedict Devlin anytime.