A significant portion of the nation is experiencing bitter temperatures and inclement weather. Winter has officially arrived. For those who prepped their home for the seasonal change, you’re now ahead of the game.
If you haven’t taken those preventive steps yet, here’s the homeowner’s survival guide to extreme cold to help you minimize potential risks when the weather outside is frightful.
Maintain Internal Temperature of 65 Degrees
The temperature inside your home plays a part in keeping the pipes at a reasonable temperature. Remember to keep your home at a comfortable 65 degrees since the inside of the walls may be substantially colder and place lines at a greater risk for freezing.
Allow Hot and Cold Faucets To Drip Water
Freezing temperatures and waterlines are a recipe for disaster. The drastic temperature drop causes water within the pipe system to solidify and creates pressure. Too much pressure results in broken pipes, which opens a world of problems.
Open your fixtures slightly to allow water to drip and promote flow.
Winterize Your Exterior Doors and Windows
The winter season is prime time for drafts! Winterize your front door by weatherstripping all gaps and checking your locks. Place plastic covering on windows to help keep the bitter cold out.
Keep Your Sidewalks and Walkways Clean
Snow and ice are your worst enemies during the winter. Neglecting your walkways and sidewalks allows layers of ice to accumulate, which will pose a walking hazard for anyone passing through. Remember to stock up on rock salt and periodically clear these high-traffic areas.
Keep Your Garage Door Closed When Not in Use
While this isn’t so much of a concern with separated garages, attached units should remain closed throughout the winter. Doing so keeps your belongings secure, away from potential weather damage, and maintains as much heat in the area as possible.
Inspect Your Home’s Exterior for Dangerous Debris
Some debris can be dangerous. For instance, if damaged tree branches are laden with heavy snow, they could fall from their tree and damage your property. Remove large debris to reduce the chance of damaging your home or vehicle.
Now that the season of snow and ice storms is here, taking care of your home is a priority. While inclement weather can inflict considerable damage and create some liability risks, this homeowner’s survival guide to combat extreme cold can reduce inconveniences.