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01/09/2017
It can sometimes seem like the impossible task when it comes to keeping your home protected from the elements; especially the snow. Of course, as any homeowner knows, if you do nothing about it, the problems just get worse until serious damage or injury occurs.

How to Keep Your Home Protected Against the Snow and Melting Ice

With years of experience providing property restoration services in a range of climates, Archer Cleaning & Restoration is well versed in how to protect a home from the snow. With this in mind, below are some ideas to help you keep your home protected from the snow, and you and your family from injury.

Front Deck or Patio

One of the most common places for anybody to slip over on the ice at home is on the front deck or the patio area. With being exposed to the harsh elements overnight, it’s no surprise that this space can give homeowners a nasty surprise in the morning. To help you stay safe before you even have a chance to leave your front door, keep these tips in mind:
  • Place a reminder on the front door to look down at the conditions before stepping out
  • Make sure that you only use an ice removal product that matches your decking
  • When sweeping remember to move it away, now just lift it up and fold it over itself
  • Always clean the space every day - never let it build up
  • A light broom is a good tool to use for light snow.

Foundations

Your foundations are just that; the foundations of your home. For that reason, it’s very important that you take the time to defend them against the damage both the snow and melted water can cause to your property:
  • If you have pillar foundations, be sure to remove any and all snow from the base. Remember that surrounding snow will melt and can cause water to pool around your foundations.
  • Keep snow away from basement windows where they can cause structural damage
  • Keep snow away from basement windows and openings where it can melt and water can leak it and cause damage
If heavy snow or ice has caused damage to your property or water has leaked into your basement or roof and is causing problems, don’t risk causing further damage by trying to fix it yourself. Instead, call (888) 436-3499 and speak with a professional at Archer Cleaning & Restoration. With extensive experience providing high-quality and safe property restoration in St. Croix County, Archer Cleaning & Restoration are the best people to get your home back on track.

Patio and Outdoor Furniture

When it comes to outdoor furniture, the mentality is often that, because it’s made for the outdoors, it’s okay to be stored outdoors. While this is true, to a degree, it isn’t the best way to extend the lifespan of your outdoor furniture. To store it correctly and make sure it’s ready to be used when the sun comes out again, keep these tips in mind:
  • Give it a thorough brush and wipe down with an appropriate cleaning solution before storing it
  • Make sure it is completely dried before packing it away
  • Stack the furniture on itself, if possible.
  • Keep the furniture sheltered, such as your shed or under an outdoor entertaining shade roof
  • If you can, use a weatherproof cover to protect your furniture further

Storing Summer Clothes and Items

Of course, with the change of weather also comes a change of clothing and potentially household items.
  • If you are storing items in cardboard boxes, be sure to store them away from the wall of your attic or basement
  • Don’t store any clothes in a plastic bag (except for the next tip). Always use paper bags where you can
  • If you have a lot of clothes, consider using plastic vac bags where you suck the moisture and air out before storing.
  • Clean any and all of your clothes and items before storing them away.

For Professional Property Restoration in St. Croix County

When it comes to protecting and defending your home from snow and the damage that can accompany it, the damage is often more severe than it looks. This can often lead homeowners to attempt to repair the damage themselves, leading to potential further damage and injury. If you require property restoration in St. Croix County, speak with a professional at Archer Cleaning & Restoration at (888) 436-3499 and request their immediate attendance of your site and assessment of the damage. With years of experience and extensive knowledge of site safety, Archer Cleaning & Restoration are your best choice for safe and thorough property restoration in St. Croix County.
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