Ways Winter Weather Can Damage Your Home
Every winter is different, especially in South Carolina. You never know what kind of weather the winter months will bring from year to year. Some winters bring mild, sunny days and other winters can bring lots of rain, snow, wind, and ice. But did you know that even mild winters can actually be really tough on your house? Here are a few ways that winter weather could potentially damage your home:
- Wind: Wind can topple trees and branches, causing damage to your roof or other parts of your house. Exposure to the elements can increase your utility bills and make your house vulnerable to mold from rain and melting snow. Wind also blows leaves into your gutter, which can lead to clogged downspouts. When your gutter is clogged, it can lead to water leaking into your home, flooding basements, and cracking foundations.
- Snow: Snow is beautiful, but it can also cause a lot of damage when it melts and comes inside your house. When you get heavy snows, it can cause damage to your roof and your landscaping outside. Melted snow can leak into basements and cause flooding issues.
- Ice: Ice is particularly dangerous because it can split trees in half, which then can fall over and hurt your home or structures around it. Ice can also cause fractures in your home’s foundation, which can lead to leaks, mold growth, and even carpet damage.
- Cold weather: If you have a sump pump, freezing temperatures can cause blockage in the pipe, thus forcing water back into the house, leading to the possibility of leaks, mold, and mildew in your home. Colder temperatures also make us want to close our homes off to preserve the heat inside. With all the warm, moist air trapped inside, mold can quickly grow without proper ventilation.
Call the Professional Winter Home Repair Experts
If you are experiencing the first-hand effects of winter weather on your home, contact the experts at ServiceMaster of Buncombe County. We are available 24/7 to help you clean, restore, or repair your home.