How to Protect Your Home from Severe Cold
The right tools and pre-winter maintenance will ensure that your home and your family are safe from cold-weather threats. With the extreme weather home defense is essential. With the severe cold here are a few simple steps to keep your home safe:
- Freezing Pipes – Open sink-cabinet doors to let warm air in. Wrap exposed pipes. Disconnect hoses.
- Burst Pipes – Know where your water shut-off valve is so you can turn it off quickly.
- Power Outages – Check your emergency kit for working batteries, lights, and a radio
Here are some precautions you can take to protect your home from the ravages of cold weather storms. Please read the suggestions below so you won’t be out in the cold.
Winterize your home. Check shutters, siding and other exterior materials to ensure they’re secure. High winds, ice, and moisture from winter storms can easily strip off such outside elements if they’re loose. Be sure that gutters are clear of debris and that walkways are even and don’t represent tripping hazards that can be exacerbated with snow or ice. Caulk drafty windows and apply weather stripping to doors — both inexpensive strategies that can keep heat in your home. Air sealing can help you save about $350 in energy costs or one-third of your average annual heating and cooling costs. The average annual home energy bill is about $2,200, according to Energy Star, of which about $1,000 represents heating and cooling. An assortment of air sealing materials and tools, including silicone foam, caulk, aluminum flashing for flues, and additional insulation, will run roughly $100 to $350.
Winterize pipes. Be sure your pipes, especially those exposed or in unheated areas like crawl spaces, are wrapped in insulation to prevent freezing and bursting. Also, learn where your water shut-off valves are so you can turn off the water supply in case of a leak.
Trim tree branches. Branches which hang over your roof or areas where you park your car is a risk to structures, vehicles and people. Trim trees and remove those that are weak to prevent them from falling on your home.
By keeping your home in good repair and stocking up on the supplies you’ll need before the rush for rock salt and shovels begins, you’ll be as ready as possible to tough out the storm.
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