How to Protect Your Home During Extreme Cold Weather

According to the Farmer’s Almanac, the snowiest periods will be in mid-December, early January, and early February. After all the snow we received yesterday I wanted to provide you with some tips to help you protect your home during freezing weather, ice or snow.

How to Prepare Your Pipes & Prevent Freezing

Inside the house, prevent water issues by insulating water pipes exposed to freezing temperatures. Pipes that border an exterior wall have the greatest freezing potential, so they should be insulated with a towel or other piece of cloth. In extreme cold weather, the water lines should be opened slightly to allow water to drip slowly into an indoor sink. This encourages water flow and makes freezing pipes less likely to occur. Neglecting your pipes can bring severe consequences, as the cost to repair damage from a rupture ranges anywhere from $5,000 to $70,000.

Trim the Trees

If a wintery mix strikes suddenly, it can cause ice to accumulate on your tree limbs before there's anything you can do about it. And if the ice builds up too much, it can bring even sturdy branches crashing to the ground. So, it's important to trim your trees early in the season when weather is more favorable.

Look out for branches that could hit your roof or come crashing through your windows, and use particular caution when trimming branches near your power lines. If an icy winter storm brings your power lines down under the weight of ice buildup or with a falling branch, don't go near them. Call your electric company to report the problem immediately.

Clean your gutters

Clear gutters help drain water away from your roof and your house. If they're clogged however, especially in colder months, they're more apt to freeze, causing additional blockages. Blocked gutters can allow melting ice and snow to seep into your roof, or flood your home's foundation, causing damage.

If it's safe to do so, take some time before winter hits and clear out your gutters, or work with a trusted roofing professional or contractor to have your gutters cleaned.

Tips Provided by DirectEnergy.com & Farmers.com