Winter comes in a hurry and when it does, it blows in high piles of snow, cold temperatures, and disasters just waiting to happen! We here at Mihalko’s Restoration know the terrible damage snow, ice and below freezing temperatures can bring. We understand that the costs of fixing damage can be expensive. Fortunately, we also know that it’s possible to enjoy the winter season once you’ve taken the time to prepare yourself (mentally!) and your home (physically!). So prepare yourself this winter when you take a look at a few of our tips on how to bundle up your home the season.
Winterize Your Home
- Cover your head! Protecting the roof and attic of your home is essential when the snow starts falling. Piled up snow and ice can weigh as much as 60 lbs per square foot and ultimately lead to damages including a caved in roof! Additionally, roofs run the risk of developing ice dams. Ice dams form when warm air from the house rises to the attic, melting the snow above, which then re-freezes into sheets of ice. Ice dams can be prevented by adequately insulating the attic, vents and doors.
- Gloves! When water freezes it expands in volume. Unfortunately, this can lead to bursting pipes and can cost thousands of dollars in repairs. It’s important to protect your home from bursting pipes by insulating the pipes closest to the exterior of your home once temperatures begin to drop. Another way to prevent bursting pipes is to leave a slow drip in order to ensure that the water is running. No matter which method you prefer, however, it’s always important to know where your water shut off is in case of emergencies.
- Keep old man winter out! Keeping the warm air in and the cold air out is basic knowledge, but making sure this actually happens can be a challenge. Check to make sure you have proper weather stripping and caulking around the doors and windows of your home. In addition, here are a few other tips on how to keep your home warm this winter, http://bit.ly/1aFYjJO.
- Don’t forget about the outside! The outside of your home needs just as much attention as the inside. Before the winter gets too brutal, it’s important to trim tree branches that may snap under the weight of snow, clear out gutters so they can properly drain, and turn off all outdoor water spigots.
You figured out the average cost of a kitchen remodel. You got the kitchen estimates. You drew out your remodel bathroom ideas and even learned how to budget remodeling. Save your money for the important stuff. Take the preventative measures necessary to ensure you make it through this winter safe and sound. And when accidents do happen, call a family company you can trust. Call a restoration company that has been serving its neighbors in Johnstown PA, Latrobe PA and Altoona PA for over 34 years. Call Mihalko’s Fire and Water Restoration for your water and ice damage needs.