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Navigating Winter Woes

2/13/2024 (Permalink)

As winter tightens its grip, SERVPRO Team Caldwell is here with essential tips to help you navigate the challenges that the season brings. February is the perfect time to address winter-related issues and ensure your home remains a warm and safe haven. Join us as we share insights into winter home maintenance to keep your property in top shape.

  1. Protecting Pipes from Freezing: With plummeting temperatures, frozen pipes become a concern. Insulate exposed pipes, especially in unheated areas like basements and attics. Dripping faucets can also prevent freezing. If you're planning to be away, consider shutting off the water supply and draining the pipes.

  2. Gutter Maintenance: Clogged gutters can lead to ice dams, causing water to seep into your home. Regularly clean gutters and remove debris to ensure proper drainage. Installing gutter guards can also be a valuable investment in preventing clogs.

  3. Checking for Roof Leaks: Heavy snow and ice accumulation can lead to roof leaks. Inspect your roof for any signs of damage, missing shingles, or leaks. Addressing these issues promptly can prevent water damage to your home's interior.

  4. Winterizing Outdoor Faucets: To prevent frozen pipes and potential water damage, disconnect garden hoses and use insulated faucet covers on outdoor spigots. Consider shutting off outdoor water supplies if not in use during the winter months.

  5. Heating System Maintenance: Ensure your heating system is in top condition by scheduling a professional inspection. Replace filters regularly, and consider upgrading to a programmable thermostat to optimize energy efficiency.

  6. Sealing Drafts and Insulation: Keep the warmth inside by sealing drafts around windows and doors. Check for gaps or cracks and use weatherstripping or caulk to seal them. Adequate insulation in attics and walls can also significantly reduce heating costs.

  7. Snow and Ice Removal: Regularly remove snow and ice from walkways, driveways, and the roof. Use a snow blower or shovel to prevent slips and falls. Clearing snow from your roof can prevent ice dams and the associated water damage.

  8. Emergency Preparedness: Equip your home with essential emergency supplies, including flashlights, batteries, and an emergency kit. Be prepared for power outages by having alternative heating sources and a plan in place.

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