Big Freeze, Avoid Damage

December 07, 2007 // // Seattle, WA - As the temperatures drop be sure to take measures to not only prevent against the cold, but the potential damage caused by ice as well.

Taking simple measures like caulking around doors, windows, trim, and any gaps in siding can cut down on drafts and water leaks. Your handyman can suggest the right caulking, pudding or other necessary materials needed to repair potential weak spots. Preventing cold air from seeping into your home can save you a lot of money on your energy bills and helps the environment.

When it comes to ice and freezing conditions the areas that need special attention are your asphalt or driveways, walkways, foundations, chimneys and patios. If cracks in concrete, brick or block should be sealed to prevent ice from infiltrating freezing and expanding causing further damage. There are currently products on the market that can create a waterproof and permanent bond reducing the chance of leakage, freezing and cracking.

A lot of homeowners overlook a common condition called iced damming. This condition occurs in colder climates when ice builds up and under force pushes against another area. You will often find this type of damage around your gutters from melted snow off of your roof. If not caught and prevented the melting ice can cause sever leakage in your roof and ceiling. These damages are easy to avoid if caught before the big freeze this winter, so schedule someone to go over the areas of your home that are most at risk.

About Handyman Services Handyman Services was founded in 1997 and became a franchise company in 2002. aims to enable peace in the lives of their customers and franchise partners alike by providing unrivaled customer service and leveraging state-of-the-art technology with ongoing support for all franchise partners. For more information about Handyman Services, please visit the company's Web site at


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