With all the snow, ice, and cold temperatures that we deal with through the winter season, you’ll want to make sure you’re protecting your home and yourself from winter dangers. Preparation is crucial when it comes to battling winter weather, so we’re here to help.
Utilize these winter tips, so you and you’re home are well-prepared and protected:
Protect the Pipes
Pipes bursting are the number one casualty of cold weather for homes. Water left in unprotected pipes will freeze when temperatures drop, causing severe and costly damage. To prevent this, make sure all of your exterior pipes don’t have any water sitting, and keep your basement, attic, and crawl spaces adequately insulated.
Seal Air Leaks
Aside from insulating your basement, attic, and crawl spaces, you’ll want to seek out any other areas of your home that have cold air leaking in from outside. For example, you may want to consider weather-stripping or caulking gaps in your windows and doors and sealing up your fireplace when not in use.
Between the wind, snow, ice, and hail, there’s a lot of potential for damage to your home and property. Do what you can to minimize the chances by having all trees and bushes trimmed, so they don’t fall and break anything.
There’s nothing worse than wanting to go outside after snow and then realizing your shovel is in the shed! Gather your shovels, snow blower, and winter gear in an easily accessible location so that when it’s time to remove your snow, you’re more than prepared. Ahead of time, you can also save a trusted professional’s contact to help remove the snow off your property.
Prepare For Storms
Here in Connecticut, there’s bound to be a snow storm or two, so it’s best to be prepared before they actually happen. Be sure to stock up on emergency supplies such as flashlights, batteries, warm clothes, blankets, water, food, and more, in case you need to shelter in place. You should also pay close attention to weather forecasts and advisories and create a plan with the people in your house on what to do in case of an emergency.
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