BLOG NUMBER 22
As temperature lows are approaching the 30s here in the Kansas City area, it’s time to start thinking about winter weather preparation. Here are some things that both homeowners, renters, and commercial property owners alike should consider to prepare for the cold months ahead. When the first freeze of the season arrives, make sure you’re ready with these ten tips.
1. Gutter Maintenance
It’s important to check on the condition of your gutter system before the first freeze of the year. Look for blockages caused by debris like fall leaves and the like. These need to be removed to prevent ice dams during winter weather. You can also install gutter guards. If you have an attic in your home, it should be well insulated. Ideally, an attic should be about ten degrees warmer than outside.
2. Pipe Protection
Protect your property against frozen pipes by insulating the ones that may be susceptible to freezing. When you know a severe temperature drop is coming, it can help to keep a small stream of water running through a couple of faucets to prevent freezing and bursting pipes.
3. Check for Cracks
Inspect your home for cracks and other openings around windows, doors, and air conditioners that need attention now before cold weather is here in full force. Caulk around any cracks or holes you may find to prevent cold air from seeping in. Now is also a good time to inspect your cement and pavement. Any openings should be taken care of now, before ice has the potential to make them much worse.
4. Slip & Fall Prevention
Once your sidewalks and driveways are clear of cracks and openings, when the first snow falls, you’ll want to be sure to clear any ice and snow as quickly as possible. Address any issues with steps or handrails to prevent an accident from happening on your property.
5. Importance of an Emergency Release
If you are concerned about freezing pipes, you can install something called an emergency pressure release valve for your plumbing system. Consult with a plumbing company for the best information on emergency release systems for your home.
6. Thermostat Settings
Ensure your house or apartment is well insulated and keep your thermostat setting at a minimum of 65 degrees throughout the winter months.
7. Check on the Heater
Before your heater becomes an essential for the comfort of your home, it’s a good idea to have furnaces, boilers, or chimneys serviced. Yearly maintenance is recommended to keep any kind of heating system running efficiently.
8. Fire Prevention
Residential fires are more common during cold weather. So now is a good time to ensure that all your smoke and carbon monoxide detectors are in good working order.
9. Yard Maintenance
Before snow and ice set in, it’s important to do one last round of yard work. Keep trees and large bushes trimmed, and remove debris and dead branches from your property. Winter conditions can weaken trees causing branches to fall and cause damage.
10. Bring in the Hose
Remove any hoses or water faucet attachments, and drain and store them. It’s a good idea to shut off outdoor water valves and insulate the faucets if you have them.
And now, your home, apartment, or commercial property is ready for the cold weather that is to come! If you would like to consult with a professional, contact Jeremy Swenson Consulting today!
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