With snow flurries and icy conditions in the St. Louis forecast, this will be a colder beginning of February. Here are the best ways to prevent ice dams, frozen pipes and other winter woes.
Prevent Ice Dams
An Ice Dam is a hump of ice that forms at the edge of a roof which can damage both your roof and the inside of your home. Best ways to prevent ice dams:
- Remove any debris from the gutters
- Purchase a roof rake and remove snow as soon as possible to prevent ice dams from forming
Keep Driveways Clear of Snow and Ice
- Regular shoveling (or snow blowing) is the best way to keep walkways
- Keep some pet- and plant-safe ice melt or sand on hand to provide traction on stairs and other slippery areas
Steps to prevent pipes from freezing in winter
Because water expands as it freezes, frozen pipes can burst, leading to extensive water damage and costly repairs.
- Insulate pipes — at least those by windows and doors, and in unheated areas of the home.
- Disconnect your hose from the outside hose bib (outside faucet).
- Keep the heat set no lower than 55 degrees Fahrenheit (12.7 degrees Celsius) when you are away.