Tips to keep your home safe in the winter

For Michiganders, snow has already come and go as early as the start of November, but more snow and cold is on its way. Some home owners haven’t “winterized” their home, so here are some tips to keep you, your family, and your home safe during these chilly and snowy months…

Insulate Your Pipes

When temperatures drop, water outside can freeze can burst your pipes, which can cause flooding and other damages that cost a lot of money to fix. Save yourself that money for the holidays by disconnecting any garden hoses, draining sprinkler systems, and draining outdoor spigots. 

If the temperature goes below freezing, it’s a good idea to any outside faucets trickling to prevent the buildup and pressure of water in your pipes. It’s also smart to insulate your indoor pipes with foam or pipe sleeves. Make sure to seal any cracks outside of your home to prevent moisture leaking in. 

Check Your Roof

Make sure to inspect your roof for any damages such as missing or loose shingles to prevent any leaks from snow or precipitation buildup. It’s a good idea to make sure chimney seals and vent stacks are intact as well. Remove any leaves or other buildup from your roof and gutters that can cause rot. 

Prepare for Power Outages

Heavy snowfall can bring down power lines, leaving you and your family in the cold, and in the dark. Purchase a generator, extra batteries, water, non-perishables, a radio, and a portable device chargers to name a few, to keep on hand in case of an outage. Make sure your car tires, engine, battery, and windshield wipers are in good standing as well in case you need to leave during the outage, let alone for vacation purposes as well. 

Fix Outdoor Lighting

The winter months means less light during the day and nightfall comes sooner. It’s a good idea to make sure any paths to your home are well lit so you can any visitors are safe walking outside. 

Remove Icicles

Icicles are extremely dangerous to people walking under them in case they fall, and heavy icicles can cause major damage to your home. Leave it up to a professional to remove these, but if you insist on removing them yourself, make sure to wear a hard hat, safety goggles, and gloves. Make sure your ladder is in a safe position and remove any ice on the ground beforehand to prevent the ladder from slipping. Advise children to stay away from icicles as well

Keep Driveways and Walkways Clear

Not removing snow or ice from driveways and walkways is one of the easiest ways to keep you, your family and friends safe. Remove snow and ice as soon as the snowfall ends and follow up with rock salt or ice melt. It’s smart to make sure your shovels and snowblowers are up to date. You can also hire companies to do this for you. Keep in mind that many HOAs have rules for removing snow. Follow your HOAs rules and regulations to save yourself a fine. 

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