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Winter weather dangers homeowners should be aware of

November 1, 2011

Winter brings with it a number of seasonal concerns homeowners should be aware of. Unprepared homes may be vulnerable to damage from weather. For example, snow is heavy enough that a weak roof may collapse under its weight, particularly wet snow.

The result of such damage is both inconvenience and expense. Roof repairs are enough on their own, but once the roof collapses snow can enter the home. When it melts, there could be water damage in addition to the problems already suffered. In the meantime, the homeowners will likely need to move out while repairs are in progress, if only because of the cold.

Freezing and melting

Another common problem in winter is frozen pipes. The freezing of water inside plumbing can cause pipes to burst or leak, potentially resulting in flooding throughout the home. If it occurs someplace high, that water might drip downward. 

If it happens in the ground, it may cause other problems. While the amount of water coming from a burst pipe is unlikely to significantly weaken a building's foundation or the area around it, it could do enough damage to require costly repairs.

The Insurance Information Institute notes homeowners' insurance policies 
generally cover burst pipes, wind damage and ice dams caused by the weight of ice and snow. According to the organization, winter storms are among the top three causes of catastrophe losses, costing an average of $1.3 billion per year from 1991 to 2010.

Ice dams, according to MSN Real Estate, are formed when heat loss from a house prevents freezing on top of the roof. Ice may still freeze in gutters and on the edges, which subsequently impedes the flow of water off of the roof like a dam. 
 
Because the home's warmth may prevent freezing, the liquid water may then back up under the shingles and cause water damage inside.

Other winter damages

There are also less direct dangers. Snow is heavy enough to strain and break tree branches, so those overhanging a home may be dangerous in winter. Coupled with high winds, winter weather means it's probably wise to ensure nearby trees are healthy and not in danger of falling or losing branches easily.

Because of the cold, winter is when people tend to use their chimneys. While this can be a relaxing way to warm up, an unprepared chimney is dangerous. It could prevent smoke from exiting properly, presenting a breathing hazard, or backed up particles might spread fire and endanger the home.

Homeowners who are planning to sell may find it easy to forget about the damage these problems can cause. They should remember any flaws are likely to grow over time, hurting the chance to sell and the sale price, as well as accumulating larger and larger repair costs as time goes by. It's cheaper to prevent damage than fix it.

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