Protect your home during the winter
Winter is approaching and you need to prepare your house now so you can protect your home during severe weather. Energy costs, burst pipes, chimney fires, power outages and ice dams are all possible threats to your home during winter.
Here are a couple ways you can protect your home during severe winter weather:
Water damage is very common in winter. Some common ways this occurs is faulty or broken pipes, and melting snow after a large snowfall.
Here are some quick tips to protect your home from indoor floods:
- Insulate exposed pipes – This will help prevent your pipes from freezing in extreme temperatures.
- Regulate the temperature in your home – When leaving the home for extended periods of time, it is recommended to keep your heat on to at least 60 degrees to prevent your pipes from freezing. The money you’ll save from preventing an indoor flood will offset the extra cost of your utility bill.
- Install an automatic water shutoff system – This system will automatically shut off if it detects an increased water flow (equivalent to a pipe burst)
Here are some additional tips to protect your home:
- Chimney and furnace fires increase during the winter time because of increased usage. If you want to learn how to prevent chimney fires, check out our blog on chimney maintenance. Get your furnace inspected every year.
- Ice dams can be extremely damaging to your room. If you have a gutter, an abundance of icicles on your roof can indicate that an ice dam is being formed. When ice and snow block the drain, it will cause a buildup of excess water that can seep through your room and cause damage to your ceilings and walls. The best way to prevent an ice dam from forming is to get your gutter cleaned before winter arrives
- Ice storms can be very dangerous to old and weak trees around your home. A heavy coat of ice with a combination of a wind storm can be disastrous. Get a professional to come out to your home to remove dead and possibly unstable dangerous trees as well as trim limbs from healthy trees.
If you are concerned about your home’s safety this winter, give us a call at (816) 606-7393 or contact us here. We will help you discover possible dangers to your home.