Minnesotans are intimately aware of how harsh winter can be. The cold and snow can become so severe that some people leave the state entirely until warmer days arrive. However, whether you leave or stay, Minnesota homes are forced to endure the brunt of winter’s touch. Even when we are tucked safely inside, winter weather can wreak havoc on our homes.
Freezing pipes are typically the primary winter concern for homeowners. They can inflict a severe amount of damage on your home, not to mention the inconvenience to your family. However, with constant heat and proper construction, your pipes won’t freeze and burst. Smart thermostats even allow for the monitoring of heat levels while on vacation, ensuring you don’t return home to any unfortunate surprises.
A far more likely scenario is for winter weather to affect the outside of your home. Your sprinkler system can freeze and burst if you forget to blow it out or because of an early frost.
Winter Storm Warnings
Winter storms can damage the shingles and gutters of your roof with their intense wind and cold. In extreme cases, too much snow can cause your roof to collapse. This is typically caused by snow buildup over time, but sudden storms do happen, especially in Minnesota. Stay diligent; assess the snow buildup and remove excess snow before it becomes critical.
Winter Home Care
In addition, remove snow and eliminate ice dams carefully, so as not to cause more harm than you’re trying to prevent. Improper tools can cause excess wear on your shingles, and even a cold temperatures can damage gutters and siding when they are made brittle.
Loose Christmas lights and blowing debris can also cause damage during winter storms. While falling limbs can cause major destruction to your home, even the light touch of tree branches can cause harm to your shingles or home. This is why it is crucial to not only keep an eye on the outside of your home, but on the inside as well, looking for leaks and other signs of poor protection.