Winter may be ending, but spring isn’t here yet. That’s because there is more snow in the forecast. You’ve probably just managed to shovel it away before groaning about having to do it again, even if it isn’t that deep. Here is a guide to keeping your home clear of snow.
Look for Anything Blocking Snowmelt
One way to keep your home safe this winter is to look for anything that is preventing snowmelt on and around your home. This could be anything, from blocked drains on downspouts, to tree limbs on your roof shingles and tree leaves clogging up the gutters.
Clear Out Gutters
The next step is to clean out your home’s gutters. Although you might not think that an empty gutter can help get rid of snow, snow will eventually melt and become water again. That water needs somewhere to go, and the gutters help guide it away from your roof and siding and towards the yard. However, doing this means you’ll have to climb up on a ladder, so if you’re not comfortable with this, ask a friend or family member to help you. Alternatively, you can also call and ask for professional help.
Use Your Shovel
You might be used to using your shovel to clear out your driveway or the parking lot in your complex for your car. In this case, you should also shovel the pathways around your home. By doing this, you can help keep downspout exits clear, along with keeping snow away from your basement windows and around your stairs.
Watch the Forecast
Keeping an eye on the upcoming forecast for the week can also help you prepare for the next influx of snow. Stay informed on what is going on outside, especially if you live in an area that is prone to flooding due to rainfall or snowmelt. Any rain that falls will also make the snow in your area melt faster, so you need to be mindful of that, too.
Address Water Damage
Melting snow can damage the outside of your home. It can also soak into your home and ruin your basement and the foundation that your home rests on. Make sure that you get carpets, flooring, furniture, and any other household items affected by water infiltration as dry as you can as quickly as you can. Once you have, gather any remaining evidence of water or flood damage. You should be able to file a claim a water damage claim with your insurance provider once the water is dealt with.
Get in Touch with Wachter Insurance
Whether you need renters insurance, business insurance, homeowners’ insurance or auto insurance, our team at Wachter Insurance Agency, Inc. is here to help. We give our clients competitive rates, professional customer service, and a vast range of policies to choose from for your needs. We have been serving Maryland, West Virginia, Virginia, Pennsylvania, and the District of Columbia since 1969 and we would love to help keep your home and family safe every day of the year. For more information, call us at (301) 371-6335 or visit us online. For more blogs like these, follow us on Facebook, Google+, Twitter, and Pinterest.