Luckily in Ireland, we don’t see heavy snow showers very often except maybe an odd day of snow during the winter months which usually results in nothing more than a lot of people discussing the weather. But occasionally we are hit with heavy snow storms or wintry conditions, so it’s important to know how to react appropriately.
Stock up with salt before the snow is due to arrive. Spread salt on pathways and steps around you home to reduce the amount of ice build-up. This reduces the chances of you or your family having a nasty fall during the cold spell.
Ensure that the pipes around your home are properly insulated. If you don’t have time to do this, make sure that you turn on your tap or heating regularly to keep the flow of water running and reduce the chances of a pipe bursting.
Keep your gutters free of dirt and debris before the snow hits. If your gutters are clogged, water and snow will fill up your gutter and prevent water and melted snow from being able to escape. This may result in your gutters or roof being damaged.
Use a Snow Rake
Don’t underestimate the weight of snow. A build-up of snow can cause damage to your roof if it isn’t cleared in time. If you hear cracking noises from your roof or notice a dip appearing, use a rake to clear the snow from the bottom of the roof. Be careful of snow falling on top of you as you do so. When you clear the snow at the bottom of the roof, it may lead to all of the snow sliding off.
Check Trees and Branches
Prune or cut back any branches or trees that are too close to your house. The weight of the snow can cause branches to break and cause damage to your home.
Stock Up On Supplies
Depending on where you live, it may be hard to access shops and service stations during a period of heavy snow. Stock up on basic supplies such as water, food, batteries and candles in the lead up to a snow storm.
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