How to Prepare for Freezing Temperatures
As winter continues on, we face the harsh realities of rigid, often below-freezing temperatures. Unfortunately it’s more than just our bodies that are affected my cold temperatures—everything from your house, to outdoor furniture, to your pipes feel the effects of freezing temps. In addition, the cost of heating your home can take a major hit to your bank account. Located in Morgantown, West Virginia, Crossroads Property Rescue is here to help you prepare for freezing temperatures:
Install Weather Stripping and Check Insulation
Check that your insulation is in good condition, paying special attention to proper depth and sealing any leaks. Since heat rises, add insulation to your attic. Also make sure the weather stripping on your doors is not damaged, and clean your furnace to prevent dirty air filters from potentially causing a fire. Being proactive is the key to protecting your home for freezing weather—the last think you want to do in the middle of a winter storm is deal with these situations.
Prevent Ice Dams and Burst Pipes
Burst pipes are the number one reason we are called to homes or businesses in winter. When freezing temperatures meet water, the dangerous combination can cause frozen pipes to burst and ice dams to inflict water damage to the roof or attic. As always, make sure your pipes are well insulated and your roof deck is properly sealed.
Clear areas of debris as you seal any openings with weather stripping. Ensure all windows, walls, drains, and gutters are free of dirt, leaves and debris—clogged areas can eventually lead to runoff and leaks. Also be sure to clear these areas of snow after a snowstorm hits to prevent it from freezing over.
If you’re in Morgantown, West Virginia, Pennsylvania or surrounding areas and need help protecting your home from freezing temperatures, or need the aid of a professional in the case of a fire, water, or mold emergency, call the experts at Crossroads Property Rescue today—we’re here to help.