By Nancee Mosley
Many Minnesota property owners believe that keeping the sidewalks and driveways shoveled after a storm is the extent of their responsibilities. We trust the structures in which we live, or work are up to the challenges of extreme winter weather.
Experts recommend that Minnesota home and business owners actively check for winter storm damage once the skies clear, the snow slows, and the wind stops howling. Types of storm damage that can affect a property after a blizzard or ice storm include the following.
During a winter storm the wind, sleet, and snow often damage roofing components. Shingles become loose, and the precipitation forces underneath. Periods of thawing and freezing exacerbate the problem, possibly cracking and splitting shingles and shakes, allowing moisture to soak into the wooden roof decking, resulting in a risk of leakage into attics and upper levels of homes and commercial buildings. Ice storms are particularly damaging to roofs, denting materials and causing granulation of the mineral coating of the shingles. Flashings and other sealing strips come loose and create more access points for water to enter your home.
As the snow and other precipitation build up, warm areas of the upper stories cause melting if insulation is inadequate or joints are unsealed. The resulting water refreezes into the gutters now clogged with snow and pushes under shingles and flashings to melt again and drip into the building. Insulation is saturated, and ceilings and walls become wet and prone to secondary damage such as mold growth or crumbling.
Hail and ice can comprise a portion of what seems like a gentle snowfall. The hard and sharp edges of the frozen precipitation can dent and puncture siding. Insulation in the walls may become waterlogged as water in frozen and then liquid form seeps into tiny cracks or dents. The moist insulation wicks water into walls and provides an incubator for microbial growth that may be hidden for some time before discovery.
Doors And Windows
Heavy snow on nearby trees can cause limbs to break away and damage the structure of your property, including windows and doors. Cold temperatures combined with buffering winds with icy particles can crack windows and cause caulk and seals to deteriorate.
Plummeting temperatures can cause pipes to freeze, risking significant leakage inside the walls of your building. Although a reasonably warm temperature inside normally keeps the water in the pipes flowing in the majority of Minnesota buildings, if a storm takes out the power the temperature indoors may then fall. Even gas and oil furnaces rely upon electrical controls to maintain temperatures, meaning a power outage can expose many properties to the threat of frozen and broken pipes.
Take the time to evaluate the condition of your home or business after a Minnesota winter storm. Unexpected damage can be detected by a reliable property restoration company familiar with the specific situations a Northern winter presents.
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