Cold winter is officially upon us here in St. Louis. Hopefully, you have taken steps to prepare your home. If, like many homeowners, time has gotten away from you, it’s not too late. There are still steps you can take to prepare your home against the harsh elements of winter. Foundation Doctor of St. Louis knows how important it is to keep your family safe, warm, and dry as we face more extreme cold weather. We have put together this checklist to help you.
Turn off Exterior Faucets
It is important during extreme cold temperatures to make sure the faucets are turned off because of freezing pipes. The water inside the pipes can freeze, meaning it will expand and put pressure on your pipes. Many homes have frost-proof faucets, but if your home does not, then turn the water off at the shut-off valve inside your home.
Foundation Doctors of St. Louis cannot emphasize enough how important it is to divert water away from your home and its foundation. Extensions can be added to your existing gutter downspouts. It is recommended to make sure the water is running at least 3-5 feet away from your home.
Prevent Ice Dams
If you notice during the extreme cold weather of St. Louis that your home is covered with icicles, then it is time to inspect your home for air leaks and inadequate insulation issues. It is important to fix this problem as quickly as possible to prevent meltwater from backing up into your home. Meltwater is a hazard for your home’s foundation and can lead to cracks and bowing of the foundation walls.
Regular maintenance and inspection of your home’s foundation is vital. Finding a problem when it is beginning will save you money and prevent further damage. Time and elements contribute to issues regarding your home’s foundation. Being aware of changes and getting help early on will help you to avoid many headaches. Foundation Doctor of St. Louis will be happy to inspect your home’s foundation for any cracks, leaks, or compromise in the walls.