You get up, just like you do every morning and you get ready to start your day. Then you step outside the door and you notice that something is different, the air is cooler, it smells a little fresher, crisper and you know that winter is coming. Summer was busy and flew by, fall is fleeting and ahead of us we have the potential of a long winter. This is a great thing if you love the winter season and all that goes along with that.
Winter is a beautiful time of year here in the Northeast. But while you are enjoying the many activities that this time of year offers, is your home ready?
Last year we saw a record cold winter which brought along with it a lot of damage to homes that either were not prepared, or experienced failures in their heating systems. While we are enjoying the winter season, there are some precautions you can take to ensure that you don’t experience a loss in your home.
- Allow your faucets to drip overnight
- this will keep things flowing and help prevent a freeze up
- Insulate pipes in attics and crawlspaces
- this will help protect your pipes in areas with no heat
- Install indoor shut offs for pipes that lead outside
- this allows you to shut off the water and drain the length of pipe that goes out through the wall
If you own a second home and you spend time at it in the winter, remember that sudden winter storms can sometimes prevent you from traveling to your second home and you will want to make sure you are prepared for this. Because one sudden storm or cold snap can cause damage, due to frozen pipes or even ice damning on the roof. Here are a few tips to think about:
- Open cabinet doors to expose pipes and allow heat to get in
- Insulate pipes in crawlspaces and attics
- Use indoor shutoffs for pipes that lead to outside faucets and hose connections
- Also, If you are going away, leave the heat in your home set to at least 55 degrees
- Remember that it is 55 degrees at the thermostat, not in the far corners of the house
- Whenever possible, have someone check your home just to make sure there are no issues
When disaster does strike whether it is due to water damage, fire damage or soot damage ProJan Cleaning and Restoration can help you. Just give us a call and we will have our technicians on site quickly.
Below is a short video of one of the water damage issues we ran into last year.