Optimizing Your Home for a Heavy Snowfall

ldr1It's no secret that Northern Illinois and Southern Wisconsin are home to heavy snowfalls throughout the colder months of the year. While winter weather can lead to a number of issues in and around your home, there are some steps you can take to prepare and prevent damage.

Shovel Continualy

While many people wait until the snow has finished falling to begin shoveling, snowing gradually throughout a snowfall can minimize the workload and help you maintain mobility around your property. Keep a clear path between important structures like your garage, carport, mailbox and shed to optimize the exterior of your home for snow safety and convenience.

Prepare Alternate Lighting

Hand-crank lights can save you a significant headache if the snow results in downed power lines outside your home. When the power goes out, having lanterns and other light sources that don't require electricity around your property will make life easier until the power comes back on. LED lanterns that don't require batteries are available at an affordable price, so it is ideal to keep one in your garage, one in the basement and several more around the home.

Keep a Sump Pump on Hand

Sump pumps that run on battery power are ideal to have during a heavy snowfall. Snow is frozen water and large amounts of snow can easily melt, flooding your basement and other areas of the home. Electric sump pumps are only effective until the power goes out, so it helps to have a portable, battery-powered unit you can use at all times. Sump pumps move moisture out of the home, making the household mold remediation process easier.

Apply Fresh Sealant

Before winter weather strikes, be sure that your home is sealed. Cracks around windows, doors and along the foundation of your home can become entry points for water when the snow melts. Sealant is a relatively affordable way to weatherproof your home. Weatherproof tape is available at most home improvement stores and is made from materials specially formulated to resist the cold. Apply this tape to cracked windows or anywhere you notice a draft until you can call in the experts. If your home requires extensive sealant, the professionals at Leaders in Disaster Restoration can help.

Stock Important Supplies

While most people keep a supply of canned goods and other non-perishable food items on hand before a snowstorm, you should also think ahead to the items you will need to deal with a heavy snowfall. From cleaning up large piles of snow accumulated around your home to debris, a pair of sturdy work gloves is a must-have. Keeping a chainsaw in the garage is also a smart move in case the snow causes trees around your property to fall. Sometimes even the best attempts to prepare your home for the winter are met with damage from heavy snow. When weather disasters happen, the experts at Leaders in Disaster Restoration are here to help. Call today to find out more about the renovation and restoration services available to you.
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