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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:

Indoor flooding

Water damage is very common in winter. Some common ways this occurs is faulty or broken pipes, and melting snow after a large snowfall.

Protect your home this winter with water pipe insulation

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
  • water damage to roof via ice damIce 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.

  1. Great tips, and just in time too! I’ll have to hurry up and clear my gutters.

  2. Gutter cleaning is easy to do and can prevent thousands of dollars of damage to your home.

  3. These tips can potentially save a homeowner a lot of money, and the cost of implementing these strategies is minimal.

  4. American RoofingAmerican Roofing11-19-2012

    I especially like the “Install an automatic water shutoff system” idea. It is the only the to guarantee it won’t happen.

  5. Pipes bursting during the winter is always a messy situation; it is better to follow the advice in this blog, rather than dealing with the mess later.

  6. Raynor GarageRaynor Garage11-20-2012

    I never realized how much work goes in to preparing your home for the winter months. Sometimes it costs money but if you don’t do it now, it may cost thousands later.

  7. Cee VeeCee Vee11-26-2012

    Great advice on what to do. I had to replace most of the the butterfly valves uk around the house as most of them froze and cracked.

  8. Stay In BransonStay In Branson11-26-2012

    Before reading this, I wasn’t aware of what an Ice Dam was. However, it is something that I will keep an eye on this next year.

  9. There are so many things that can happen to your home during severe winter weather. Thanks for the tips to help keep on top of any problems that may occur!

  10. The idea of an automatic water shut off makes a lot of sense. It always amazes me how something so simple can make such an impact!

  11. Of all the things that winter can do to your home, I hope none of them happen to me! Thanks for notifying me of things to look out for!

  12. I’m surprised that the lowest the temperature should be in your home is 60 degrees. I know a few people that run their house at 55 degrees at night on a programmable thermostat.

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