Is Baltimore, Maryland in for another harsh winter? The short answer is yes. Not only are the Farmer’s Almanac and climate experts at the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration predicting another harsh winter for the East Coast, but local meteorologists agree. Justin Berk, a former TV meteorologist, is calling for 30 inches of snow at Baltimore-Washington International Thurgood Marshall Airport (BWI). That is roughly 10-12 inches more than the annual average. Meanwhile, WMAR-TV meteorologist Mike Masco is predicting a winter “just as rough if not worse” than last years, forecasting 28 to 35 inches of snowfall in Baltimore City, with as much as 50 inches in northern and western counties.
So what does this all mean for you? In the words of Ned Stark from the HBO hit series Game of Thrones, “Winter is coming!” Now is the time to prepare for what’s ahead. Fortunately, you don’t have to deal with ice zombies, just ice.
How to Prevent Winter Water Damage
Clean Your Gutters
If you do nothing else before winter, we suggest cleaning your gutters as the bare minimum. These simple devices are designed for one purpose and one purpose only: to carry water from your roof to a safe, designated area. However, if your gutters are not cleaned regularly they cannot adequately do their job, which can lead to some serious issues, like water damage. Click Hereto learn more.
Inspect Your Foundation and Perimeter
Inspect your perimeter for obvious warning signs, such as cracks. These need to be addressed immediately to prevent water from seeping into your home. Next, look for pooling water. If there are areas where water typically pools next to your home, odds are that water will find its way into your home. It has to go somewhere, right? So make sure the grading around your home’s perimeter slopes away from the house.
Address Your Roof
Grab a pair of binoculars and head outside. Look up at your roof and thoroughly inspect it for any signs of damage, such as curled or missing shingles. If you notice anything wrong, address these issues immediately. When shingles are damaged or worse – missing – they cannot do their job. They cannot effectively keep water from penetrating the decking and seeping into your attic and eventually your home.
In unheated basements and crawlspaces, frozen pipes present a very real threat. Frozen pipes can burst, causing flooding, structural damage, mold growth, and, of course, water damage.
Deal With Water Damage Quickly
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