How to Prepare Your Home for Winter
Home ownership comes with its fair share of responsibilities like paying the mortgage, keeping the utilities current and performing general maintenance on an ongoing basis.
However with winter fast approaching, homeowners all over America are scrambling to take the necessary precautions in order to prevent damage to their homes and the high repair cost that typically comes along with it.
Harsh winter weather poses several potential threats for residential buildings:
- Frozen pipes that can burst and flood your home.
- Heavy snowfall and ice buildup that can cause the roof to cave in.
- Falling tree branches that can damage the exterior of the building.
While there’s nothing you can do to prevent nature from taking its course, there are steps you can take to get your home as ready as possible for the dramatic weather changes ahead.
Having your heating system serviced
Call a professional to come in and inspect your home’s heating system to make sure that it’s working properly and ready to take on the demands of the cold weather season. They’ll ensure properly functionality, higher efficiency and check for carbon monoxide leaks, which are a very dangerous and potentially fatal hazard.
Clean your gutters
During fall months leaves and other debris can build up in your guttering. To prevent damage to your roof, wood trim and siding it’s important to remove anything that can stop the free flow of ice and water. Cleaning gutters also helps to prevent ice dam formation and leaks.
Prune and trim tree branches
High winds and heavy snow during winter storms can cause tree branches to fall and damage your home. Prevent this possibility by cutting down weak tree limbs and limbs that are very close to the house.
Clean your chimney
If your house has a chimney, ensure that it is clean and in proper working order before firing it up for the winter. A well-ventilated and functional fireplace reduces the chance of chimney fires and dangerous gases wreaking havoc in your home.
Winter weather is impossible to avoid, but with the right preparation and insurance you have much less to worry about and can feel free to focus your energy on celebrating the season with your family.
Before you get ready for winter, call Ihry Insurance to find out more about your homeowner insurance policy options and to get a free quote.