Preparing Your Home for Colder Weather- Part 2May 13, 2018
Welcome back to the VIC Underpinners blog! We’re so excited to have you here and to share with you our love of turning houses into homes. How do we do that? You may ask. Our mission and our passions are rooted (pun intended) in ensuring that the place where you live is safe and comfortable, a place where you can make generations of memories with those that you care most about. This starts with the foundation, and it’s our job to fortify that and ensure its strength and durability. We do this through the art of underpinning, reinforcing the beams that make sure that your home stays firmly rooted in the ground. On this blog you can expect a few different things. You can expect our latest and greatest specials; you can expect information about our team and what’s important to us, and you can expect what’s going on in the industry at large. We firmly believe that when we arm our customers with knowledge, we set you up for success. That’s why, today, we’re diving into part two of our series around preparing your home for colder weather. We know, we’re not ready to see it either, but it’s vital that you feel prepared. Read on for even more tips and tricks:
Pipes. The bane of our existence sometimes, but a necessary evil in order to have fresh, clean, hot water. Here’s the thing about water – it expands as it freezes. Imagine this water coursing through your pipes during the colder months. It’s going to expand then as well. What happens next? Your pipes burst of course. This is never a fun adventure and can be a costly one. The advice may not be intuitive. You actually do want to leave your faucets dripping in cold weather, so that there’s not a back-up of frozen water. Other tips include draining your water from sprinkler systems and any outdoor faucets, disconnecting outdoor hoses and insulating the pipes that run through unheated areas of your home.
Next up, it’s time to hit the roof. When snow accumulates, there’s a real fear that your roof could collapse. Don’t fret, we have solutions. The VIC team recommends that you buy a rake with a longer handle. This will help you reach up and bring the snow off of the roof. Don’t try to be cavalier here… You don’t want to climb up on the roof to take care of the snow yourself. This could not only cause the snow to collapse the roof, but you could injure yourself as well!
Finally, we recommend always being prepared. This isn’t just applicable during colder months; it always makes sense to have an emergency kit on hand. But we’re going to take this to the next level. The VIC team recommends that you have two kits on hand – one in your home and one in your vehicle. If the power goes out, you want to have extra batteries, a first-aid kit, a radio, flashlights and potentially even a phone handy. Bonus points for cash and food.
Questions? Comments? Give us a shout. The VIC team would love to hear from you!