When temperatures drop below freezing, your home becomes susceptible to many different losses including frozen pipes, clogged gutters causing ice dams, and fires started by dirty fireplaces. These six steps can ensure your house will be ready for winter weather.
- Turn your thermostat up to 68 degrees or higher at night to keep the temperature in the exterior walls above freezing and prevent frozen pipes.
- Let water drip out of your faucets in very cold weather to prevent frozen pipes.
- Change your furnace’s filter every two to four months to make the furnace more efficient.
- Clean the gutters and downspouts on your home so ice dams do not form when winter weather occurs.
- If there are gaps around your windows, doors, vent pipes, exhaust fans, and chimneys a great amount of heat can be escaping your home. It is best to caulk all leaky areas before winter temperatures arrive.
- Hire a professional chimney sweep every year to clean out soot and other debris that could catch fire. Also, close your chimney flute all the way when not in use to keep warm arm from escaping. Please remember to open the flute back up when lighting a fire so smoke does not fill your home.
We understand that even when all precautionary steps are taken, accidents and losses still happen. That’s why is here to protect your home with . To learn more about our policies and the numerous insurance companies we offer to our clients, contact Diane Fox at (732) 972-1771 ext. 1108.