Protect your home from winter weather
Ice, snow and wind can have devastating consequences to your home and to your household budget. Fortunately, there are precautions you can take to avoid the expense and inconvenience of winter damage and even help you save on heating costs.
Every year, homeowners and small businesses are hit with the harsh reality of winter, worrying about everything from snowy driveways to power outages. And while we canâ€™t control the weather, home and small business owners can minimize the risk of damage by following a few simple steps related to heating, plumbing and facilities maintenance, and minimize future financial burdens with the right insurance coverage.
Before winter arrives, check the following parts of your home for leaks or drafts:
- Vents and fans
- Plumbing areas
- Air conditioners
- Mail chutes
- Electrical and gas lines
Clean your Gutters:
Clear gutters help drain water away from your roof and your house. If they’re clogged however, especially in colder months, they’re more apt to freeze, causing additional blockages. Blocked gutters can allow melting ice and snow to seep into your roof, or flood your home’s foundation, causing damage.
Protect Pipes from Freezing:
According to the Insurance Institute for Business & Home Safety
(IIBHS), a burst pipe can cause more than $5,000 in water damage! Thankfully, you can reach out to a plumber and ensure that your pipes are protected from freezing in bitter cold weather.
Heat Things Up:
Everyone enjoys cozy evenings by a crackling fire? Ensure your fireplace is ready to provide warm nights all winter. Be sure to have the chimney inspected and cleaned by a professional before the first frost.
Clear Surfaces Where You Walk or Drive:
Keep walkways, steps and driveways clear of snow and ice. Treat these areas with rock salt or de-icing products.
Give us a call today at 888-539-2102 and allow one of our experts to give you more information on our Home Insurance plans and coverage and get ready for the Winter!