Prepare Your Elk Grove Home For Severe Winter Weather Now!
It is never too early to begin preparing your home for winter weather. As we've seen in the Chicagoland area, temperatures have been dropping and snow has already begun falling. Before you know it, heavy snowfall will hit, and temperatures will drop below freezing. Now would be a great time to ensure your home is well-prepared against winter weather damage. These are just a few tips and things to watch out for to help prepare your property and save you time and money in the long run.
- Closing gaps: Any opportunity to close any sort of leak or gap from doors and windows could make a big difference in maintaining temperatures inside your home. Caulking and weather-stripping doors and windows is a simple, cheap way to prevent further, costlier damage down the line.
- Insulation: Making sure exterior walls are insulated from the inside is especially important once the temperature drops. Water lines that run along exterior walls are especially at risk of freezing. In addition, having insulation installed in the attic can help further maintain a warmer temperature inside your house.
- Thermostat: Once temperatures drop, it is wise to keep your thermostat at a consistent temperature, warm enough to help keep pipes from freezing. Whatever additional heating costs this creates will still save you a lot more money from flooding repairs!
- Maintenance: A few items that are easily overlooked are your furnace, water heater, and gutters. Furnace filters should be replaced monthly, and furnaces themselves should be serviced every 1-2 years to help keep them running efficiently. If you have an older water heater, it may not have the proper insulation; unless instructions for your unit advises you against additional insulation, it wouldn’t hurt to cover the unit with a blanket of insulation. Finally, clogged and dirty gutters will not properly redirect water once the snow melts. Having your gutters cleaned, whether you hire someone to do so or not, can help prevent water damage from occurring inside your home.
- Insurance: Now would also be a great time to review your policies. You may find your coverage may not be extensive enough to cover damages caused by sump pump failures, natural floods, etc. Checking your policies before disaster strikes can spare you from financial stress in the long run and give you peace of mind.
In the unfortunate event of a disaster caused by winter weather, we at SERVPRO are ready and prepared to help. Call us 24/7 at (847) 593-3055 to begin water damage mitigation services right away!