New England residents are no strangers to harsh winter weather. Though it is common where we live, it is still imperative to prepare your home for winter weather, snow, and ice. Without proper preventative measures, your home could be susceptible to damage.
Follow along as the water damage restoration experts at Soil-Away cover the measures you should take to protect your home from serious winter elements.
Before a winter storm, be sure to disconnect and put away your garden hose to prevent your outdoor plumbing from freezing. After they are disconnected, turn off the water to your outside faucets, and drain the lines.
Check the exterior of your home for any small cracks or holes, particularly where cable and phone wires enter, as these can be access points for frigid air to enter and heat to escape. If you notice any of these small cracks, you can use foam insulation that comes in a spray bottle to fill any gaps you can find easily.
If you live in New England, you should check your home’s exterior like this annually.
If you have faucets and pipes located on exterior walls that are not adequately insulated, make sure that you keep your faucets to a slow drip when temperatures are below freezing.
If you are expecting any kind of winter precipitation such as snow or hail, make sure you clean out your gutters before the storm hits. Full gutters increase your chances of ice dams forming, which can cause severe damage to the exterior and interior of your home.
It is essential that you ensure your thermostat is working correctly before any cold temperatures begin to hit. Always make sure that you are stocked with extra batteries for your thermostat at all times, especially in the winter. Those batteries could save you hours of sitting in the cold.
When you need emergency services from winter causing damage to the inside of your home, be sure to reach out to the remediation experts at Soil-Away today. We have over 30 years of experience restoring homes after winter weather damage. Please give us a call today or fill out our online contact form!