Mild fall weather and dropping leaves means that winter days are coming. Much of the United States will have cold days and you can keep your family and visitors safe by winterizing the outside of your home.
- Unhook all hoses: If you have a hose hooked up to water your lawn or garden, unhook it at the first frost. Even if you are told your outdoor faucet is designed to not freeze, unhook your hose. You don't want ice building up in the faucet, breaking pipes and causing water damage.
- Wrap pipes: Take time to wrap all the pipes, especially those in cooler areas like in a crawl space. Even if the pipes didn't freeze last winter, the wrapping has gotten older and you need to inspect and possibly replace it. Broken pipes in winter are not fun and you don't want to have to claim that water damage.
- Trim trees: Right before all the leaves fall off the trees, take time to look at all the limbs. If there are limbs without leaves, those need to be taken down. Winter weather can cause those dead limbs to fall and damage houses and cars. Be proactive and get rid of those wooden hazards.
- Clear walkways: As soon as stores sell de-icer, get some for your house and your car. De-Icer for the porch and sidewalks will help keep accidents down to a minimum. You don't want people falling and asking your insurance to pay for their medical bills.
Start planning on when and how you will do these four things before winter. If you would like more tips, please contact an insurance agent today. We'd be glad to help you.