Make sure your home is winter weather-ready

snowWinter is coming: Prepare your home now for potential inclement weather and freezing temperatures.

“It is important not to wait until winter to start prepping your home; that work should start now,” said Sam Rooks, vice president of underwriting and policy services for Virginia Farm Bureau Mutual Insurance Co.“It’s also important that, as part of your preparations, you check with your insurance agent and make sure you have the coverage you need should a loss occur from cold or inclement weather.”

The Insurance Institute for Business & Home Safety offers tips and a last-minute winter weather checklist for protecting homes and businesses at disastersafety.org/freezing-weather.

Preparing for a power outage, preventing a roof collapse, staying safe and warm, preventing frozen pipes and understanding what winter weather alerts mean are at the top of the preparation list.

It’s important, too, to prevent freezing temperatures from entering your home or business, and installing weather stripping and seals can help.

The weight of snow and ice can be heavy on roofs and cause extensive damage. Additionally, freezing temperatures can cause burst pipes, which can lead to water damage.

It is important to strengthen a roof to make sure it can handle the weight of potential ice or snow, and remove snow as soon as it piles onto the roof.

To prevent ice dams—ridges of ice that form at the edge of a roof and trap water from melting snow on the roof—increase the insulation above ceilings. Also keep all drains, scuppers, gutters and downspouts free of debris and vegetation that could cause water to back up.

To prevent frozen pipes, keep all entries to unheated spaces closed as much as possible. When extreme cold weather is predicted, let all faucets drip to keep water from freezing inside the pipes.

Leave cabinet doors open or use a fan to increase warm air circulation around pipes that are adjacent to exterior walls. Insulate all pipes using pipe insulation, and ensure all cracks, holes and other openings on exterior walls are tightly sealed with caulk or insulation to prevent cold air from penetrating.

Books from AFP

2018-19 UVA Basketball Preview: Just $1.99 on Amazon!

UVA Basketball finished the 2017-18 season ranked at the top of the national polls. Augusta Free Press editor Chris Graham offers his insight and analysis on the 2018-19 'Hoos, breaking down the roster, the legacy of coach Tony Bennett, and how the loss to UMBC could fuel a run through March Madness next spring.

The Worst Wrestling Pay-Per-View Ever: Just $3.49 on Amazon!

Chris Graham offers a glimpse behind the curtain of the pro wrestling business in his new book, The Worst Wrestling Pay-Per-View Ever, the inside story of the 2011 Night of Legends, a live pay-per-view event featuring stars including WWE Hall of Famers Kevin Nash, "Hacksaw" Jim Duggan and The Rock 'n Roll Express that was met with almost universally negative reviews.

Mad About U: History of University Hall available on Amazon for just $5.99!

Mad About U: Four Decades of at University Hall is a comprehensive book covering the players, coaches and memories of University Hall at the University of Virginia. Join us as we look back at the memories from more than 40 years in U Hall.


News From Around the Web


Shop Google



Comment