Your Home vs The Winter

Your Home vs The Winter

It’s always a battle between your home and the weather.  Your house is the superhero who’s trying to keep you safe from the dangers of the outdoors.  But, even if your house is Superman, it could always use a little help from you.

The winter is a home’s kryptonite.  The snowy and cold weather conditions are always a threat to your home.  Luckily, there are some easy ways to prevent these winter hazards.

Check out this infographic for a quick synopsis of how you can safeguard your home from winter perils, and don’t forget to read on for more details to keep your home safe.

Winter Home Hazards and how to keep your house safe

 

Frozen Pipes

Water in your home’s pipes could potentially freeze.  When water freezes, it expands and it could cause breaks and leaks.   Damaged pipes are expensive to repair and being without water in the winter is not ideal.  By keeping your house at 65 degrees or higher, you can avoid frozen pipes.  If you are leaving for a long period of time and want to turn down your house temperature, be sure to drain your pipes before leaving.

Roof Care

Your roof is the barrier between you and the weather, so keep it in good shape.  Prior to snowfall, check your roof’s condition.  If there are any repairs needed, try to do it before the bad weather hits.  During the winter, keep snow from accumulating on your roof.  Snow can be heavy and cause leaks, or worse, it could cause your roof to collapse.  Call a professional or purchase a snow rake to clear the snow from your roof.  It is never a good idea for you to climb on the roof to remove the snow.  If you want to learn more about insurance and roof collapse, click here.

Power Outages

The winter can cause power fluctuations and outages.  During an outage, unplugs cords from electrical sockets.  By doing so, you can prevent damaging your electronic devices.   Electricians can install home surge protection as well.  Also be mindful of impending storms and prepare the essentials – you might be stuck at home for a couple days.

Tree Branches

Snow and ice are heavy.  If a tree has dead or weakened branches, they can fall and cause a lot of damage.  Imagine a tree branch falling on your car, through your roof, or even worse, on a person.  Falling branches are usually preventable.  Remove any hazardous branches before the bad weather hits.  Be careful if you do this yourself.  It is always safer to call in a professional.  And remember to never trim branches near electrical wires!

Chimneys

There’s nothing quite like sitting by the fire on a cold winter day.  But you should take steps to care for your chimney.  Before using it, have your chimney cleaned.   Also check for gaps in in your chimney, especially if you have an older home.  You can learn more about chimney maintenance here.

Personal Safety

Though there are many things you can do to prepare your home this winter, you should also ensure that you and your guests stay safe.  If you have stairs, installing handrails is an easy way to prevent falls.  And if any steps are damaged, then take measures to repair those.  You won’t want to be slipping down the stairs during the winter.  If your walkway or driveway is icy or slippery, put down salt or sand.

 

Take precautions against the weather before it’s too late!  Take a look at our Winter Insurance Guide for some more tips and use the checklist to make sure you’re ready! Stay safe and warm this winter!

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