Winter can be a frightening time for new homeowners in New Jersey. Temperatures can quickly drop and it doesn’t take long before residents have to deal with snow and ice storms. Because of this, it’s one of the most common seasons to find defects scattered throughout your house that can cause major inconveniences during the coldest time of the year. As we’re expected to deal with plenty of stormy weather between November to March, it’s important that you keep a close eye throughout various parts of your home to see how well it holds up.

Common winter defects

If the contractors made any mistakes during the construction of your home, you’ll likely come across the following problems:

Leaks

Even if the inside of your house stayed dry after several rainstorms this year, you might start seeing some drops or small puddles form once snowstorms arrive. Unlike rain, snow tends to stay on your house for a long period of time. It can expose any weak sections of your roof, windows or sides of your house, and these issues can be difficult to fix right in the middle of the season.

Heater malfunctions

It’s important to test your heater out early before you find any issues during the season where you’ll need it the most. If your home doesn’t experience any major temperature differences after you turn the heater on, there may be some issues with your ventilation or your furnace installation. Contact someone to inspect these parts of the house before you have to start wearing coats while watching television.

Concrete cracks

Some issues you may not encounter until spring arrives. If you’re worried about any cracks you see in the concrete in parts surrounding your home, winter will only make it worse. Any water that enters and freezes up in the cracks around this time will widen them.

If you and your loved ones spot any major construction defects that negatively affects the quality of your house during the winter months, contact an experienced construction law attorney to help you hold those in charge of building your house responsible.