I realize there is no shortage of advice on what to do before, during, and after a storm. But I’ll share a few activities I do to ensure my home still functions efficiently.
Yesterday, while clearing snow, I took a walk around the exterior of my house to find my dryer vent covered with snow. Upon this discovery, I soldiered on to clear the gas meter shut off and vent, the intake vent for the furnace, and removed the snow from the window wells. If you haven’t already, it might be a good idea to check around the exterior of your house for safety’s sake.
Because temperatures have remained so cold, it’s also a good idea to follow up with ice melt or rock salt on steps and walkways to prevent ice buildup, as I discovered the next morning, the front walks had turned to ice.
This weekend I plan to shovel the snow and ice away from drains so when it does finally melt, it doesn’t make its way into my basement.
Concerned about ice dams? See our blog post dedicated to this winter issue.
Snow is beautiful but can cause us hazards so be prepared and stay safe.