As the official start date of winter draws near, more homeowners will be out trying to prepare for the coming cold. Over the past months, minor problems with a home may have developed, and these minor issues could become a major threat as snow and ice starts to fall around Niles, Illinois. To keep your family and wallet safe and secure from winter weather, follow these steps to prep your home for forthcoming snow and ice.
Create a Winter Emergency Kit
If a disaster occurs, you need to have an winter emergency kit ready. Your emergency kit should include food, water, medications, ice scrapers, hats, gloves, salt, sand, a flashlight, a weather radio, and batteries.
Check Your Furnace
When was the last time you checked your furnace? If your furnace fails, you could be stuck waiting days, if not weeks, for a repair. The amount of waiting time also depends on service availability in your area. For example, poor road conditions could limit the ability of a contractor to get to your home. Also, change your filter when dirty or every three months. This will help keep the furnace working efficiently.
Cluttered stairways, walkways, and entryways can pose a major hazard when icy. Clear any debris or unnecessary items from the major walkways to and from, as well as within, your home. This will help visitors and your family members keep their footing, which may reduce home insurance claims for a personal injury.
Drain Your Pipes
If you plan on leaving for a few days, drain the pipes in your home. As water freezes, the volume will expand, and your pipes may burst. This could result in a flooded home and hundreds, if not thousands, of dollars in repairs. Simply shut-off your water supply, and open the lowest facet in your house to drain all water.
Repair Holes and Leaks in Home’s Exterior
If you have a poor roof, need to make minor repairs to siding, or patch up attic vents, you need to do this before winter weather arrives. The weight of ice and snow can diminish the durability of damaged home exteriors.
By taking action now, you can reduce the chances of suffering a loss to your home this winter. To learn more about available home insurance options and other ways you could save on your homeowner’s policy, contact an insurance agent, serving Niles, Illinois, at the Bob Korvas Agency Inc.