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Yard And Home Exterior Maintenance To Prepare For Winter Weather

Winter weather can be harsh on your home's exterior and yard, often causing various types of damage that you may not notice until spring arrives. To help you prepare your home and yard for winter's wet and icy weather, here are some recommendations to complete in and around your home before the snow begins to fall.

Inspect and Manage Asphalt Pavement

Whether your asphalt pavement is brand new this past summer or you have been enjoying it for several years, a wet and snowy winter can wreak havoc on your pavement's structure. Your asphalt pavement surface is supported by its underlying layer of soil and gravel, which should have been installed properly prior to its being paved. However, often your pavement's foundation layers can become eroded from moisture and freezing temperatures that cause your pavement to cave and sink.

If you notice any pattern cracking over a section of your asphalt, this can indicate an improper foundation. When moisture gets below your asphalt in the upcoming winter, it can erode the foundation soil further and can also cause freeze heaving to occur, both of which cause asphalt damage.

Fortunately, your paving professional can repair the asphalt foundation and prevent further damage that can occur as the spring weather thaws. Your pavement crew can also patch any cracks and damage that form into potholes after a season of snow and ice. For help with your residential paving needs, contact a contractor like Northern Asphalt LLC.

Check Exterior Foundation Drainage

The outside of your home's foundation can either prevent or cause moisture to enter your basement or crawlspace. Snow and ice that build up around your concrete foundation need a pathway to drain away from your home when the weather warms. Otherwise, the snowmelt will seep into the soil and pool around your foundation, following any cracks and small openings into your basement foundation.

Make sure you build up the soil around your foundation by supplementing it with dirt from a local landscaper. Be sure the soil is piled against your concrete foundation but not in direct contact with any brick, siding, or stucco, as this can cause moisture damage. Slope the soil away from your foundation to allow for natural drainage.

You can also add decorative rocks around your home upon the soil to provide visual interest. Decorative rock will also help the water flow appropriately away from your home foundation.

Be sure your roof gutters have the proper downspouts and drain pipes to deliver water onto a paved surface away from your home. This delivery point can also be an area of decorative rock or gravel.