Winterizing the home crucial in mountain communities

Rain, freezing temperatures and snow can mean damage to a home. Diane Sieker photo
While typical California winters are mild, the mountain communities experience more severe conditions. Rain, snow, ice, wind and sleet all take a toll on homes and property. Winterizing a home is crucial. Heavy storms and freezes can cause dry rot, downed tree branches, roof leaks, broken water pipes and flooding. Preparing for the worst in advance will help protect property, buildings and trees. Exterior home maintenance should start with an inspection of the foliage around it. Check the trees and limbs to make sure they are in good health and not too close as to cause damage when the Santa Ana winds roar down the valley. All branches should be trimmed three feet to six feet from the roofline. Call a professional if necessary to get the job done. Next, check for leaf accumulation
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