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5 Things Every Homeowner Should Watch for This Winter

As the temperatures drop, watch for these common winter problems.

Image courtesy of Steven Guzzardi/Flickr.
Image courtesy of Steven Guzzardi/Flickr.

Winter weather can cause damage to your home and if you don’t catch it in time, it could lead to damages that are expensive to repair. This winter keep an eye out for these five warning signs and then make repairs as quickly as possible.

Damaged or Missing Roofing Pieces

Damaged roofing can lead to ceiling leaks and cold drafts, so make sure your roof and shingles are in good condition. A damaged roof can also make it hard to keep your home warm during the winter.

Clogged Rain Gutters

Clogged rain gutters can cause a lot of problems as snow melts and tries to run through them. Use a ladder to reach the gutters and clear any leaves, sticks and debris out of them. This is a task that should be done at least once in the fall, but you may need to do it more frequently.

Basement Flooding

Basement flooding can be a huge hassle and cause a lot of damage. Watch your basement for leaks, cracks and water stains and make repairs right away. You can also avoid flooding by making sure the ground outside your house slopes away from the foundation.

Frozen Pipes

Frozen pipes are more than a hassle; they can actually cause significant damage. If your frozen pipe isn’t cracked or bulging, use a blow dryer to melt the ice. If you do notice bulging or damage, call a plumber right away. We provide frozen pipe repairs on Long Island, so contact us if these cold temperatures lead to frozen pipes at your home.

Cracked Window and Door Seals

Window and door seals with cracks make your home drafty and can actually increase your utility bills. Check these areas for cracks or broken seals and repair them right away. You’ll be much cozier and even save money.

Don’t let these problems get in your way this holiday season by watching for signs of damage. You can learn more about maintaining your home during the winter on the Pat Dolan Plumbing website. We specialize in frozen pipe repairs on Long Island and provide 24-hour emergency service, so contact us with your plumbing needs this winter. 

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