In an earlier post about Disaster Preparedness Month, we shared our five tips for preparing your home for a disaster, and we offered practical suggestions for keeping your family safe. Now we’re going further by sharing three things you should be doing today to prepare your home for a winter storm.
Regardless of whether you’re a life-long Indiana resident or new to the area, one thing we all can agree on is that Indiana winters are as unpredictable as the storms themselves. Likewise, winter storms can be a rude awakening for homeowners when they leave behind property damage. Consequently, we cannot emphasize the importance of winterizing your home. Here are our top three tips to winterize your home and protect your family from the harsh elements of winter.
Tip 1: Start by weatherproofing
According to Ready.gov, homeowners can increase the lifespan of fuel supplies by insulating walls and attics, caulking and weather-stripping doors and windows. Additionally, using plastic to prevent drafts can significantly save you on monthly heating costs. It’s not the most glamorous of interior decorating trends, but each month when the utility bills appear, your wallet will thank you.
Winter storms can be devastating, but you can avoid costly repairs caused by winter storms by taking the time to clear rain gutters and cut down any branches that could fall on your house. Work with a professional to inspect and repair any roof leaks that could quickly wreak havoc and lead to mold, which can be another costly problem that no homeowner should ever have to endure.
Tip 2: Prevent a hard freeze
Speaking of problems you never want to encounter as a homeowner, have you ever done a load of laundry on a cold winter’s night and before long, the washer overflows, leaving your laundry room flooded? It’s more than an oops, and it typically means you have frozen pipes. Not only is it a real pain, but it’s another issue that can lead to mold and additional property damage.
Leave a faucet running with a trickle of water, and you can prevent your pipes from freezing. As an extra measure of assurance, leave your cabinet doors under your sink open to allow more heat to reach your pipes. Space heaters can also be helpful, but be careful as unattended electronics can cause fires, which leads us into our final tip.
Tip 3: Avoid Fires
When winter storms strike, house fires are often not far behind. Stay warm means some families will rely on alternative heating sources such as candles and fires when the weather turns cold. To ensure safety while preventing fires, always have extinguishers on hand and teach every family member how to operate them. It’s lifesaving and good common sense.
While we cannot predict what type of winter is in store, following these simple tips will help you prevent avoidable disasters. For more information on winter weather preparedness, check out Weather Underground’s extensive list of considerations or contact us today to learn how we’ve been helping others prepare for winter.