Winter is here!  Although the snow is beautiful, people are struggling to deal with it. If you want your home to survive the wrath of winter and come out on the other side with little to no problems, you need to actively maintain it during winter. If you perform these essential steps during the winter, you might be able to prevent most damage. Here are some things you should do:

1 – Keep an Eye on your Gutters

Even if you’ve performed essential gutter maintenance in the fall, you need to make sure that they’re draining well during the winter. Look for icicles on the gutters!  Even the smallest icicle can grow overnight and lead to problems such as ice dams, resulting in water damage to ceilings and walls.

It’s a good idea to periodically clear the gutters of debris. Make sure the downspout is transporting water freely and the drained water is flowing away from the home’s foundation.

2 – Clear the Ice and Snow

Don’t underestimate the value of clearing the snow and ice around your home. While shoveling your driveway, sidewalks, and clearing snow and ice from your stairs is important, you also need to pay attention to the area around your home. Shovel snow and ice away from the foundation and the corners of your home. This prevents problems such basement flooding and water damage when things thaw out.

3 – Rake the Roof

Although your home may look beautiful with a blanket of snow of your roof, there’s a limit to how much weight it can bear. Even the strongest roofs will cave under too much weight. It’s a good idea to get rid of excess snow and avoid damage. Consult a professional or a residential builder for advice on the best way to remove snow from your roof if it starts building up.