The holidays are nearly here and winter is definitely here in the Midwest! We’ve already seen some snow come through the area and with that comes dangerous driving conditions and possible damage to your home. Ice is one of the worst culprits for home damage during the winter. This holiday season, don’t get caught off-guard by any ice or sleet that may fall. Here are a few tips to help you prepare from your friends at Norcia Insurance Consultants.
One of the first things you should do is make sure all outdoor water pipes are turned off. This will help ensure that you don’t have to deal with busted water pipes leaking into your home’s basement. Taking a few minutes to do this could save you a lot of money and hassle in the long run. Also, make sure all outdoor heating units are clear of debris. And if an ice storm does hit, venture outside to make sure the unit hasn’t iced over.
Before the storm hits, go out and get some rock salt for your driveway and sidewalks. Sprinkle some on any pavement that has iced over so you and your family and guests can safely walk to and from your house and car. For particularly stubborn areas of ice, you might have to break out your snow shovel and shovel it away. Just be sure to put the ice somewhere safe where no one will accidentally walk on it and slip.
If your home does lose power and you have a wood stove to help keep your family warm while the power is out, just be cautious of carbon monoxide levels. Having a battery-operated alarm that will detect dangerous carbon monoxide levels is your best bet. They can be found at most hardware stores.