Winter Weather-Related Liability

Preventing Weather-Related Liability During the Winter Season

Kristian Zoppa Winter Tips

Preventing Weather-Related Liability during the Winter Season

With the winter season upon us, it is more important than ever to properly prepare for all that comes with winter weather. Icy and snowy conditions are often responsible for damage to properties, vehicles and in some cases people. While snow may be beautiful to look at and even play in, it can also be a huge weather-related liability for both homeowners and business owners.

For this reason, it is important that people take the necessary precautions during the winter season to prevent injuries due to snow and ice. Something as simple as properly shoveling a sidewalk or salting a pathway can greatly reduce weather-related liabilities this winter season.

Prepare in Advance for Inclement Weather

As a home or business owner, it is always your responsibility to keep abreast of incoming inclement weather during the winter season so that you can be properly prepared. Don’t wait until a winter storm is upon you to get the necessary snow and ice removal supplies. By that time, most of the items you need will be sold out.

Purchase items such as salt, shovels and snow blowers well ahead of time so that they are readily available for usage when a snow or ice storm arrives. Preparation is key to prevent winter weather-related accidents.

Do-It-Yourself Snow Removal

Making sure that the exterior areas of your home or business are properly prepped for winter weather is important. Any area that is frequented by individuals on a consistent basis needs to be properly salted and shoveled on a regular basis during winter weather to avoid accidents that could result in a possible liability. A slip and fall that results in a broken arm or leg because of the failure to prep an exterior surface is preventable.

As a home or business owner, you have the responsibility to clear all pathways leading to and from your property to ensure the safety of others and reduce the potential for liability due to injuries. Salting passageways to help melt ice as well as removing snow periodically during a snowfall can greatly reduce the chances of someone injuring themselves in front of your property.

Contracted Snow Removal

For those dealing with larger spaces, such as businesses with multiple pathways, steps, and parking lots, contracted snow removal is often the best option. Businesses must be extra careful to remove snow and ice from their premises in a prompt manner to ensure the safety of all that come in contact with the property. The use of a licensed and insured Winnipeg snow removal company is highly recommended to ensure that the snow removal is completed in a professional and thorough manner.

Better Safe than Sorry

When it comes to injuries related to ice and snow, it is always better to be safe than sorry. Taking the necessary steps to prevent a weather-related liability is the responsibility of the property owner. This winter season, take the necessary precautions by obtaining the snow and ice removal products and services that will ensure the exterior of your property is safe for everyone.

Preventing a Roof Collapse in a Snowstorm

Preventing a Roof Collapse During a Snowstorm

Kristian Zoppa Winter Tips

Preventing a Roof Collapse During a Snowstorm

Everyone knows that the winter season can be difficult on the structure of buildings. This is particularly true for locations that receive significant amounts of snowfall. Both residential and commercial properties have to be properly maintained during the winter season in order to maintain structural integrity. One of the biggest concerns most people have during the winter months is protecting their roofs from the accumulation of ice and snow.

Ice and snow can wreak havoc on roof structures especially when left unattended. Although many people focus on keeping the exterior of their homes snow-free, the roof is just as important. The failure to properly remove snow from a roof can result in roof damage that can cause interior leaks and in severe cases a partial or complete collapse of the roof.

The following are some suggestions to help you keep your roof intact this winter season.

Routine Roof Check

Lots of heavy snow sitting on a roof of any type is a recipe for trouble. A routine check of your roof during the spring and autumn seasons is highly recommended. An autumn roof check by a reputable roofing company will allow you to identify any existing roof issues before the winter season arrives. This gives you the opportunity to fix such issues as clogged gutters, missing or loose shingles, sagging of the roof, and signs of water damage that could greatly compromise the integrity of your roof during a winter ice or snowstorm.

Heavy Snow Equals Roof Damage

A winter storm that packs wet, heavy snow could potentially damage the structure of your roof. While all snow poses possible roof issues because of the potential for water damage to the roof, wet snow is more of a problem. Dry snow is light and fluffy, and it does not bear the same weight of wet snow.

You can even feel the difference between dry and wet snow when shoveling. Just imagine the amount of weight your roof holds during an average snowstorm that consists of wet snow.  This weight alone is enough to cause significant damage in the form of leaks that can compromise the integrity of your roof overtime. In the heaviest of snowstorms, an already fragile roof could cave in under the weight of too much wet snow.

Thus, it’s important to remove snow from your roof in a timely manner to uphold the structural integrity of your roof.

Removing Snow from Your Roof

When removing snow from your roof, the goal is to remove the excess weight caused by the snowfall. Doing so safely is also an issue. Getting up on a roof in the midst of a snowstorm is not feasible for some people. Even if you are capable of doing so, you must make sure that you are taking precautions not only for your roof but also to protect yourself.

For buildings that have low-lying roofs such as bungalows, a long-handled snow rake can be used to remove snow from a roof safely. You just need to make sure that you have a steady surface to work from and that you avoid injuring yourself in the process.

Another option is to hire a professional snow removal company that is licensed and insured to remove snow in a variety of conditions. Depending on the status of your roof and the amount of snow you are dealing with, professional help may be the best option for efficient, safe snow removal from your roof.

While snow may be beautiful to look at, its weight can cause major damage to the structure of your home… especially your roof. Take the necessary steps this winter season to prevent roof damage by removing snow promptly.

Preparing Your Home for a Snowstorm

Preparing Your Home for a Snowstorm

Kristian Zoppa Winter Tips

Preparing Your Home for a Snowstorm

Snowstorms and blizzards are often a headache even for those that are used to experiencing large amounts of snow. While snow-covered scenery may be beautiful to look at, that same beautiful snow can also cause a lot of havoc. From downing trees and power lines to compromising the structural integrity of buildings, large quantities of snow should not be underestimated under any circumstance.

This is particularly true in regards to large amounts of snow accumulating on or around a property or home. If you live in an area that receives substantial snowfall during the winter season or you expect a snowy winter season, it is best for you to learn how to prepare your home for major snow storms.

Snow Removal is Important

One of the best ways to prepare your home for a snowstorm is to make sure you have the necessary snow clearing supplies. Items such as shovels and rock salt are significantly important when prepping your home for an incoming winter storm. Often times, these two items are the first to sell out at local stores as people rush to get the supplies they need to make sure their homes are properly prepared for incoming inclement winter weather. Snow removal supplies are very important because they allow you to make the area surrounding your home safer by reducing the amount of snow that accumulates during a snowstorm.

Insulation is Your Friend

A properly insulated home is a necessity during a snowstorm. Prior to the winter season, you may want to make sure that your home is properly insulated against cold weather. Checking the windows to ensure there are no drafty areas and using either weather stripping or covering the windows with thick plastic can help to keep cold air out. During winter storms, snow piles up around windows and doors making your home more susceptible to icy drafts. Taking steps to properly insulate your home during the winter season will assure that your home is properly prepared for a snow storm.

Alternative Heating/Light

Snow storms have the potential to knockout electricity leaving people without light and heat for extended periods of time. Prepping your home with an alternative energy source is highly recommended when preparing your home for a snow storm. Some people prefer to have backup generators while others may choose to use firewood for light and heat. As a homeowner, it is your responsibility to know which alternative heating and lighting methods would be most beneficial for you during a snowstorm.

Gather Your Supplies

It is always best to be safe rather than sorry when dealing with an incoming winter storm. Gathering the necessary supplies is essential to make sure that you and your loved ones are properly prepared. Such supplies as batteries, radios, candles, matches, extra blankets, water and non-perishable foods should always be readily available throughout the winter season.

 

When it comes to preparing your home for a winter storm, it is best to take the time to do what is necessary to reduce potential damages to your home from icy and snowy weather related to a snowstorm.