It might not feel like it quite yet, but spring will be here before we know it. While the warmer temperatures and longer days will be a relief, you’ll need to prepare your home to prevent damage caused by the “big thaw.” Continue reading to learn some signs of the big thaw and what being prepared for the big thaw entails:
Things to look out for
Damage from the big thaw can occur throughout your home. Watch out for any of these signs of trouble:
- Ice dams: An ice dam occurs when water melts on the roof after a thaw but then refreezes on the shingles, eaves and soffits. This dam will grow larger and larger as the freeze/thaw cycle continues. Be on the lookout for roof damage or even interior leaks caused by the melting water.
- Condensation and ice on windows: Inadequate ventilation leads to condensation formation on windows, which can turn to ice when it’s cold enough. But when the big thaw happens, that ice will melt and can damage paint on wood windows, jambs and even the drywall surrounding the window. You can run dehumidifiers to help reduce the moisture in the air that causes condensation.
- Attic rain and frost: Condensation from the exterior of the home can come in through hot exhaust vents or perforated soffits during the winter. All of this condensation in the attic can freeze in the winter and then liquefy during the big thaw, leading to a rain-like effect in the attic. Avoid water damage from attic rain by increasing the ventilation and upgrading poorly insulated areas.
A home maintenance list for when the big thaw hits
Thankfully, you don’t have to fall victim to the big thaw! Here are a few things to do to prepare your home for the big thaw this spring:
- Gutters: The first step in being prepared for the big thaw is to clean out your gutters. When your gutters are free of debris, all of the water from the roof will flow harmlessly to the ground instead of getting trapped up on the roof and leaking down into the attic.
- Deck: If you’ve been shoveling snow off your uncovered deck all winter, there’s a good chance that you’ve scraped the paint or protective sealant. Along with compromising your deck’s appearance, scraping off the protective layer leaves your deck prone to rotting. Be sure to reseal or repaint your deck after the big thaw happens.
- Roof: Any missing or damaged shingles should be repaired as soon as possible. Leaving your roofing deck exposed to the elements is a surefire way to have leaks up in the attic, which can eventually lead to mold or mildew growth. We recommend repairing your roof in the fall to avoid any disasters during the winter and into the thawing season.
Work with Rhino Exteriors today
Even if you follow our home maintenance list for when the big thaw hits, your house still might not be protected. That’s why you should hire our pros at Rhino Exteriors. We’ll perform a full inspection of your home and make all necessary repairs to keep your house structurally sound throughout the year.