Ice, Ice Baby
While the sun is still shining at SERVPRO Greater Waco, the temperatures are due to drop on a dime. Make sure you’re not caught in the cold with our winterizing tips from our national partner, Grange Insurance Group.
- Protect against frozen pipes by insulating those that could be susceptible to freezing. With severe temperature drops, keep a stream of water running in a few faucets to guard against freezing and bursting.
- Prevent ice dams by cleaning out your gutters, installing gutter guards (if feasible) and making sure the attic floor is properly insulated. The attic itself should be well-ventilated and about 10 degrees warmer than outside.
- Caulk around holes and openings to help prevent cold air from seeping in. Install weather stripping and seals around openings such as windows, doors, air conditioners and mail chutes.
- Keep driveways and sidewalks clear of ice and snow and repair any issues with steps and handrails.
- Consider installing an emergency pressure release valve in your plumbing system. This will protect against increased pressure caused by freezing pipes and can prevent them from bursting. It’s also a good idea to learn how to shut the water off and know where your pipes are located.
- Set your thermostat for at least 65 degrees and make sure your house or apartment is well-insulated.
- Furnaces, boilers and chimneys should be serviced at least once a year to clear any buildup and to keep them running efficiently.
- Residential fires are more common in winter, so it is important that all of your smoke detectors work. Check them monthly and replace batteries as needed. You should also consider installing a carbon monoxide detector to avoid inadvertently trapping this toxic gas in your home.
- Keep the trees trimmed and remove dead branches and debris from your yard. Ice, snow and wind can weaken trees and cause branches to fall and potentially damage your home, car or even yourself and others.