5 Tips to Protect Your Home From Harsh Weather This Winter

Harsh WinterWith autumn officially upon us, it is time to prepare our homes from the future harsh weather conditions being predicted by scientists this winter. From hurricanes and tropical storms to flash floods and freezing temperatures, no matter where we are in the world, we are being told to brace ourselves for weather events which may end up being more severe than usual for this time of year. In an attempt to avoid the structural damage that harsh weather is known to exact on homes, smart homeowners everywhere are using some of the same tips that we are presenting to you today.

TIP #1: Install a FloodStop System for Water Heaters

Ask anyone who’s experienced a leaking water heater (like moi) and they’ll tell you that whether it’s a slight leak or a major flood, they’d avoid this sort of mess if they had the chance. Luckily, you have that chance and should take full advantage now. By installing a FloodStop System for Water Heaters like the one found in our main store, you can enjoy the peace of mind that comes with knowing that you will be notified by an alarm immediately when a leak occurs. Your home’s protection doesn’t end there, however, as the FloodStop System will also immediately shut off the water heater’s valve in order to prevent full-scale flooding.

TIP # 2: Install Water/Flood Sensors

Unfortunately, water heaters aren’t the only appliances that present a flood threat inside your home. Frozen pipes or leaking hoses elsewhere in the home can also break and cause significant damage to flooring, walls, cabinets, furnishings, etc. In order to avoid such a catastrophe, we advise you to install water and flood sensors, which will try to contact you on up to three different telephone numbers so that you can avoid the displeasure of extreme water damage. 

TIP #3: Install Freeze/Temperature Alarms

Often, damage to a house which is caused by a weather event happens while we are away from home. Time is of the essence in these situations and it is important to rush home as soon as possible in order to minimize damage and stop a threat. But what happens when you are unable to drop everything and return home? What happens when you are traveling and getting home in time just isn’t possible? Well, for such a scenario we recommend that you install a device like the Freeze Alert which will allow you to call into the unit in order to remotely check the temperature in your home before freezing temperatures hit. The idea here is that you are able to remotely monitor your home’s temperature instead of waiting for an alarm to contact you AFTER freezing temperatures are recognized inside of the home. Having the ability to do so gives you the luxury of sending a family member or a building manager to your home to adjust the temperature inside before it’s too late.

TIP #4: Protect Your Pipes

If you’ve already spent a Winter in an area where pipes are subject to freezing, this tip isn’t news to you. To those of you who’ve recently located or who are experiencing colder than normal temperatures this Winter, listen up. Pipes exposed to outside conditions freeze pretty easily when temperatures fall below 20 degrees fahrenheit. To protect your pipes from freezing, cover them with insulated sleeves and try to leave at least one faucet running at minimal force just to keep water circulating through your home’s plumbing system.

TIP #5: Prevent Ice Blockages

Snow that accumulates on rooftops can lead to significant water damage in a home. While snow at the top of a roof generally melts due to heat radiating from an attic, vacation homes or even your own home can experience a threat from rooftop ice if you are planning to travel this Winter. For one thing, while rooftop snow will melt, snow along the edges of your roof may not. Ice built up along the edges can block water from running off as it normally would and cause it, instead, to run into your walls. Rooftop ice that does not melt (like when you are away for an extended period) may also cause rooftop damage due to weight and pressure building up on a roof. Knowing this ahead of time means that you can (and should!) take precautions. Doing things like checking your attic to assure its proper ventilation and insulation, and cleaning your rain gutter can go a long way in preventing ice blockages.

Your Turn

You know what they say about an ‘ounce of prevention’, so please think carefully about applying these tips to your home’s security this Winter. We also know that you’ve got some great harsh weather tips to share with us, so we hope you’ll take a few minutes to post those in the comments section below. Also, if your home’s structure has suffered due to extreme weather in recent years, please tell us a bit about your story and what you now do differently in order to prevent similar disasters in the future.

Ralph Winn

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