A Pennsylvania winter can be beautiful, but can also bring with it severe, snowy weather. Residents likely know the general ins and outs of preparing a house for winter conditions, but some steps often go overlooked. Consider the following tips the next time cold weather rolls in.
Insulating the Inside of the House
Homeowners should think about indoor winter prep from the ceiling on down, updating the insulation in the attic, basement, crawl spaces, and garages. Insulating the attic can prevent heat from escaping the home and melting snow, causing potentially damaging ice build-up on the roof. Covering the pipes can help keep them from freezing, but if pipes do freeze, installing an emergency pressure release valve can protect them against bursting. Knowing how to turn the water off is also essential knowledge, as the faster that can be done when pipes freeze, the better. Flooding due to snowmelt and run-off is also a serious concern, but plastic coatings on interior basement walls and the use of sump pumps can help ward off flood damage. Back-up generators are an investment homeowners can make that will help them stay warm in the event of a power outage.
Maintaining the Outside of the Home
Though it may seem unrelated, clean gutters play an important role in winter safety. If left unattended, build-up can cause water to leak into the home. Gutter guards can help prevent debris build-up throughout the year. Trees and surrounding greenery should be carefully manicured to avoid breaks caused by snow, ice, and wind that could damage property or hurt loved ones. Homeowners should take a look at the structural integrity of stairs and handrails to ensure they will remain safe throughout winter. Caulking and installing weather stripping around areas that may allow cold air into the home is also a smart move. Having served homeowners and businesses in Carbon County for more than 20 years, Balliet Gilmartin Insurance prides itself on excellent customer service no matter the time of year. We are a full-service insurance agency whose knowledgeable staff is ready to address any questions or concerns that may arise, weather-related or otherwise. Contact us today at 570-386-8001 to learn more.