As the temperatures cool and the shops get festive, your thoughts, energy and time are probably devoted to holiday preparations and warm, cozy nights at home.
But have you taken any time to consider how well your home is protected during this shift in the weather? This time of year can bring devastating disasters. Some disasters are, unfortunately, unavoidable, but these four wintertime home disasters in this article are often preventable. So in between your cups of hot cocoa and holiday shopping trips, take some time to protect your home from these winter dangers.
1. Burst Pipes
Frozen water in your pipes expands. And when expansion happens, it puts pressure on the whole plumbing system, which can cause your pipes to burst, creating one of the most difficult wintertime home disasters. Fortunately, the solution is simple:
- Disconnect all hoses before the first frost
- If your spigots are not frost proof, install a faucet insulator. Before installing, close the interior shut-off valve, and open and drain the spigot.
You can also cover exposed pipes in insulation or sleeves. And did you know that filling in the cracks and holes in your walls will help to protect your pipes too?
2. Chimney Fire
You can’t wait for cozy nights around the fire, but be aware that fires in chimney places cause a buildup of creosote in the chimney over time. If that buildup gets think enough, you might find yourself face to face with a terrifyingly fast-moving chimney fire.
Sweeping your chimney will prevent the creosote from becoming a danger, but there’s no hard rule for how often you need to sweep your chimney. The best thing to do is to conduct an inspection each year, as detailed on The Family Handyman. If you find creosote, call a certified chimney sweep to do a thorough job of removing the dangerous fire hazard. You can expect to spend between $150 and $200.
3. Roof Leaks
Heavy rain and snow can do a number on your roof. Learning the warning signs of roof damage will help you avoid holes in your roof — or even collapsed roofs. Before the heavy rains or snows begin, inspect your roof for missing shingles. Once the winter weather arrives, watch for water stains on your ceiling, and repair any leaks immediately. Clean your gutters so that ice does not build up and put pressure on your roof.
4. Pest Damage
Just like the winter temperatures send you scurrying indoors, rodents and insects will be also be looking for warm havens where they can rest (and multiply). And to them, your home is the perfect palace. Once they’re in, they’ll make themselves at home and set about destroying your possessions and chewing through wires (which becomes a fire hazard!).
Make it clear that your home is not open for rodent/insect business by sealing all gaps in walls and windows. And regularly clean all areas of your home. Not only will this help to keep some pests away, you’ll become alerted to any new visitors before they have a chance to set down roots.
When wintertime home disasters strike, panic rises. But when you call New Life Restoration, we’ll help you through the toughest moments. We’re a 24/7 disaster cleanup, restoration, and remodeling company servicing California’s Central Coast. Our fast service and dedicated disaster experts help you get your home back to normal after a disaster. Give us a call at (805) 925-1600, or contact us online.