Helpful Hints for a Wisconsin Winter
Snow, ice, and cold weather can wreak havoc on the homes of even the most seasoned Winter Warriors. Here are a variety of tips that can help avoid common insurance claims as the temperatures drop.
When leaving home for more than 24 hours, keep the heat at a reasonable level and turn your main water supply off.
Leave doors or cabinets open in areas that are exposed to cold exterior walls.
In the event a frozen pipe is found, never use a torch or open flame to thaw it.
Install “frost-free” exterior faucets or protect them with an insulating cover.
Inspect and replace old washing machine hoses.
Clean the lint from your dryer hose all the way to the exterior vent.
If burning wood, hire a professional to clean and inspect your chimney as well as the liner.
Burn only well-seasoned hard wood.
Move combustibles away from the wood burner and make sure the floor area around it is non-combustible.
Use a metal container for ashes and make sure they are cooled before spreading them in a safe area.
Check to make sure your smoke and carbon monoxide detectors are working and fire extinguishers are fully charged.
Opt for LED Christmas lights and use caution with extension cords around your home.
Never use a turkey fryer on a wood deck or inside your garage.
If ice dams build up on the edge of your roof, rake the bottom two to three feet off the roof and make sure the attic is properly insulated.
Remove excessive snow loads from any buildings that are not designed to withstand the extra weight.
Now is also a good time to check your sump pump to make sure the float operates and that the discharge pipe is not frozen.