Why Is Cold Weather Bad For Your House?

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As the weather gets worse over the winter, it can cause problems for various parts of your home, from the roof to the basement. The dangers of snow, ice, and cold temperatures can be extremely problematic, so it’s worth knowing what those dangers are in advance. Read on to find out about some of them. 

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Dry Soil

Snow is problematic for your foundation because it forms in very cold air, and cold air is often accompanied by dry soil. Soil loses moisture along with air as humidity rises in the atmosphere. This drying effect is not limited to just one type of soil, either; it has the potential to dry out virtually all of the soil in your yard.

A common result of soil drying is the appearance of cracks or the enlargement of existing ones. The structural integrity of your home could be compromised by those fissures. The soil will also contract as it dries out. The soil pulls away from your foundation wall as it contracts, preventing the wall from receiving the necessary support from the ground. This is disastrous for the health of your house and yard.

Failing Gutters

Even brand-new gutter systems can be brought crashing to the ground by the weight of accumulated snow and ice. It has also been noted that if snow accumulates on solar panels, it can slide off and take the gutters with it.

Ice dams are another problem. Melting snow on your roof will have nowhere to go if your gutters are overflowing. Water accumulates under the roof instead of draining away through the gutters, leading to the formation of an ice dam. Water damage, mold growth, and rot can result from ice dams melting.

Damaged Roofs

Snow can damage roofs and gutters in other ways besides ice dams. The extra weight can pull gutters away from the edge of the roof. Plus, don’t let too much snow stay on the roof itself. Over time, if a lot of heavy snow piles up on the roof, the weight of the snow could damage the structure that holds up the roof, and it could also make the roof more likely to leak into the attic. At this point, you might need a roofing contractor to help you make repairs.

Mortar Can Crumble 

If you notice that the mortar in your walls or outside steps is crumbling away, it could be that the cold weather is the issue. Cold weather can change how long it takes for mortar to dry. This means that those newly cemented steps may not have stuck together well, which is why they fell apart. 

It’s not just new mortar, though. Old walls and steps are just as vulnerable to the cold. Moisture from snowfall can also get into the mortar between your bricks, which can damage walls and cause them to break down over time.

Frozen Or Burst Pipes

If you prepare your plumbing for winter, pipes won’t usually freeze. Most likely to freeze are faucets and pipes outside and in unheated areas, like a garage or crawlspace. You can keep your pipes from freezing by using heat tape and insulation, keeping your faucets on a trickle to keep the pressure from building up, and turning off your water if you’re going to be away for more than a day.

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LaDonna Dennis

LaDonna Dennis is the founder and creator of Mom Blog Society. She wears many hats. She is a Homemaker*Blogger*Crafter*Reader*Pinner*Friend*Animal Lover* Former writer of Frost Illustrated and, Cancer...SURVIVOR! LaDonna is happily married to the love of her life, the mother of 3 grown children and "Grams" to 3 grandchildren. She adores animals and has four furbabies: Makia ( a German Shepherd, whose mission in life is to be her attached to her hip) and Hachie, (an OCD Alaskan Malamute, and Akia (An Alaskan Malamute) who is just sweet as can be. And Sassy, a four-month-old German Shepherd who has quickly stolen her heart and become the most precious fur baby of all times. Aside from the humans in her life, LaDonna's fur babies are her world.

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Happy Hiller
1 month ago

Preparing your exterior pipes for winter, make sure to drain them to prevent expansion from ice. After turning the faucets off, check the pipes in a few days to ensure that all of the water has been drained from the devices. Exterior faucets are often located near a building’s foundation in locations near a garden or a driveway.

Portella
1 month ago

Cold weather can also cause thermal stress cracks or pressure cracks in your home’s windows. This particular kind of stress crack usually starts small near the edge of the window, slowly continuing to spread across the glass. The reason for this is due to extreme fluctuations in temperature. To prevent this, consider installing thermally broken steel windows. That’s an excellent solution for areas with extreme temperatures in winter.

Sanders&Johnson
1 month ago

Cold temperatures can also be bad for your wallet. The colder it is outside, the more enrgy you need to heat your home. The situation may get worse if your heating system is inefficient. In this article, you’ll find some tips for making home heating more efficient: https://www.sandersandjohnson.com/winter-tip-heating-january/.

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Adam
1 month ago

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29 days ago

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Integrity
24 days ago

Thank you for creating such helpful content.

Cold weather also means the HVAC has to work harder to keep you warm. This also means an additional requirement of auxiliary heating element for homes using a heat pump. Typically, the system’s efficiency is affected, and it’s imperative to have regular cleaning and maintenance to avoid breakdown or damage.

Polestar
7 days ago
Reply to  Integrity

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10 days ago

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ESCO
2 days ago

Thank you for sharing this article! To prevent pipes from freezing, we also recommend looking around electrical wiring, pipes, and dryer vents and sealing the leaks using caulk or insulation.

Remember, even the tiniest opening can allow cold air into your home that can freeze your pipes in extremely cold weather conditions!