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Protect your home from snow damage

In winter, Colorado homeowners need to protect their property from damage caused by snow buildup.

Make sure your attic temperature is close to that of the outdoors. A warm attic melts snow on the roof, causing water to run down and refreeze at the roof's edge. If this ice buildup blocks water from draining, water is forced under the roof and into the attic or down the inside walls.

Make sure gutters are clean and stable. Downspouts should slope away from the building and carry water at least five feet away from foundation walls.

Examine window and door seals or weather stripping. If sealants around those openings are no longer pliable and continuous, reseal or caulk them.

To avoid frozen pipes, keep the house heated to a minimum of 65 degrees. The temperature inside the walls where the pipes are located is substantially colder than the walls themselves. A temperature lower than 65 degrees will not keep the inside walls from freezing.

Standard homeowner policies cover most of the kinds of damage that result from a freeze. For more information, call 800-251-7189 to speak to a AAA Colorado insurance agent.