4 Ways to Prepare Your Home for the Colder Seasons
Fall ushers in upcoming holidays, chillier weather, and new get-togethers for family and friends. With all of that going on, it’s easy to forget that your home might still be susceptible to natural and accidental threats – we’ve got some tips to help you balance it all and keep your most important investment safe through the end of the year and winter months to come!
Clear the gutters
As the leaves fall, they have to go somewhere. Gutters are natural landing places, and over time the debris tends to build up and cause issues with water flow when it rains. Fallen leaves also eventually weigh down the structures and threaten to break the material of the gutters. It may not be the most fun job in the world, but keeping your gutters free and clear means you’re less likely to wind up prematurely replacing them altogether!
Yardwork and prevention
Summer climates might not be an issue for the time being, but fall and winter weather has its own effects on your lawn, and by extension your home. Heavy rains, wind, and ice later in the season can all break tree branches or create disruptions in the surface of your lawn as well as below. Keep an eye out for cracks and new divots, and watch out for your tree branches and shrubbery. By clipping stray limbs away from windows and rooftops, you can easily prevent any accidents with flying debris, and therefore insurance claims and home renovation headaches.
We know it’s a blast to decorate for all the holidays coming up: carving pumpkins, stringing up lights, the works! Just remember that some of those fun adornments do come with a few inadvertent hazards. Check all strands of lights for faulty wires and fraying, and in the event of windy weather be sure to bring in any lawn ornaments or loose decorations. The last thing you want as holidays approach is to have damage done to your home because a rogue decoration wasn’t weighed down during a storm
If you live in an area that experiences colder temperatures, you know that avoiding frozen pipes is paramount for safety as well as comfort. Pipes can be especially susceptible if you aren’t used to keeping an eye on them and making certain they’re up to code for the winter, so check attics, crawl spaces, outside walls, and basements for any noticeable wear and tear. When it does start getting colder, let water drip from faucets overnight to keep a continuous flow and maintain temperatures within the pipes. If you feel comfortable doing so without endangering pets or small children, you can also leave kitchen or bathroom cabinet doors open to allow warm air into normally closed-off spaces such as underneath sinks.
The team here at Sheally Insurance Group is always ready to help you with any of your insurance needs; contact us if you have any questions regarding coverage, or even if you want us to review your current policies to see if there’s room for improvement.