Canada has one of the craziest winter climates of any country in the world. With winter storm season underway, and Environment Canada warning of significant winter storms across the country, here are a few things to keep in mind regarding protecting your property against possible significant damage.
· The slope of a roof affects how much snow can build up. A flatter roof means more snow and ice can collect, putting pressure on the roof and leading to water damage as snow melts. After a heavy snowfall, large commercial buildings with flat roofs are most at risk of collapsing and causing further structural damage.
· When water gets trapped between your roof and a layer of ice, it can freeze into a dam at the edge of the roof, near Eavestroughs. Ice damage is easy to miss and can cause leaks, followed by mould and structural damage to ceilings and walls.
· Plunging temperatures may cause pipes to freeze and then burst. Without proper insulation, outdoor pipes and pipes in unheated areas such as basements, garages and crawlspaces are most vulnerable.
· A spring thaw can lead to roof leaks as water seeps into cracks and damaged vents. Basements can also flood when large amounts of snow and ice melt quickly.