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Monday, March 18th, 2019 by Lyndsie Sundvall
The Snowpocalypse: How to keep you and your home safe during and after a big blizzard
Snow: Glorious, school canceling, quiet and beautiful snow. Colorado is no stranger to our blizzards and snow, as it gets on average 46 inches per year, with mountain areas getting up to 200 inches per year! A good heavy snowfall means perfect skiing conditions, bad roads and most importantly: a big melt to follow shortly after.
Handling the snow and the problems it brings is easy enough, but what do you do with the slushy, wet aftermath? More often than not after a big blizzard, temperatures hike back up to melt the snow just as quickly as it showed up, which brings a lot of water and probable flooding. Not only does this mean wet roads, but that melting snow could just as easy seep into your home and cause extensive and expensive damage. The best way to prevent a soggy home is to plan ahead and make sure that your water-susceptible areas are well protected against snowmelt.
One of the best precautions you can take is to make sure your attic is well insulated. Having proper attic insulation means saving you the headache on constantly scraping snow off the rooftops, preventing ice damming and keeping the heat inside your home.
Stock up on ice melt and emergency supplies. Putting down ice melt before the storm starts and getting the bulk of the snow off your driveway as soon as possible means the clean-up afterward will be a lot easier. Putting a layer of ice-melt down after you’ve cleared the majority of ice and snow off will prevent the concrete from re-freezing, saving you time if it snows or freezes again. If shoveling snow is difficult in your area, consider getting your concrete sealed and waterproofed to make snow removal easier and less tiresome.
Most post-blizzard snowmelt tends to seep its way into the lower levels of your house, so making sure your crawlspace and basement are waterproofed is your safest bet to preventing a soggy home. With the cold temperatures sticking around for a while, insulating your basement and crawlspace can save you money on your energy bill and trap the heat when you’re forced to be stuck inside for the day.
If you’re caught in the crosshairs of a wild winter storm, have no fear! Rod Martin’s Complete Basement Systems is here to protect your home from the elements so you can stay safe, warm and happy through every season! We provide top-notch free, no-obligation estimates and inspections for your winter protection needs!