Winter weather home safety

Here in Texas, the weather is somewhat unpredictable.  The saying “It’s Texas, just wait,” rings true, one day it will be 90 degrees and the next day it will be 30 degrees.  By making sure your home ready for a random freeze and the harsh winter weather, will keep unpredictable accidents from occurring with the unpredictable weather.

Here are 7 tips for your home to be ready for the winter season, so you can enjoy the important things.

1. Weather Stripping

Check all doors, windows and vents to be sure there are no leaks coming in.

You will want to do this from the inside of your house. An easy way to check the weather stripping is to turn off the inside lights and stand in front of your door. If you can see light coming in around the door, then you need to replace the weather stripping.

While you are staying warm, you will be keeping the cold out.

2.  Frozen pipes

  • Frozen pipes can cause major damage to your home. According to IIBHS Water Damage Studies, the average cost of plumbing supply failures is over $5,000.
  • Let faucets have a slow drip to prevent build up in the pipes.
  • Drain all exterior hoses in the yard, as well as any decorative fountains.
  • Leaving the cabinet doors open to allow warm air flow to pipes located adjacent to exterior walls.

3. Clear the gutters

  • Keep blockages from occurring by cleaning out the gutters.
  • Leaves and debris can block water and cause it to build up. If the temperature drops, the water will freeze and could cause major damage to your roof.

4. Fire Place

  • If your home has a fire place and you enjoy the warm crackle a fire, be sure to inspect your chimney.
  • Check to see if your chimney is clear of any nests and birds.
  • Make sure your flu is working properly.
  • Check the brick in the fire place is sealed. Any holes or cracks need to be sealed to prevent fire from spreading into the interior of the exposed walls.

5. Heaters

  • Clear out any blocked heating vents.
  • Turn on your heater to be sure is it functioning properly before the cold air hits. This will let you know if you need to have it serviced.
  • Space heaters need to be clear from blockages including: blankets, cloths and other debris.

6. Christmas Trees and other decor

  • Christmas trees are a beautiful decoration for homes, however if you are decorating your home with a real Christmas tree, be sure to keep it hydrated.
  • If your tree dries out, it can become a fire hazard, making it easy to catch fire.
  • Be sure to unplug tree lights when you leave the house or when you go to bed.

7. Roof

  • Be sure your to inspect your roof for any leaks or weak spots.
  • Heavy snow putting weight on your roof could cause problems if there is any weak spots.
  • Standing water collecting on your roof could freeze if the temperature drops.

These are just a few tips to help prepare your home for the unpredictable Texas winter season.  An ounce of prevention is a pound of cure.

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Resources:

Insurance Institute for Business and Home Safety