With the winter months approaching, homeowners should start securing their homes for protection against wind, snow, ice and other harsh winter elements. Hail, rain and wind are among the most common causes of damage to homes during the colder months. SIA Group has compiled a list of safety tips for protecting your home this winter.
Where to Start
The roof is the best place to start when winter-proofing a home. All types of severe weather will stress shingles over time. Whether it is wind tugging at them or debris chipping at them, shingles must be kept in good condition and replaced as needed. Before the first freeze or snowstorm, check the roof carefully to determine the condition of the shingles. Make any needed repairs as quickly as possible.
Winterizing a Roof
In addition to being damaged by harsh weather, a roof can become damaged by branches that fall onto it. This happens when trees are not regularly trimmed, and the result is often water leaking into the home itself. Over time, even a slow and unnoticeable leak can lead to extensive rotting. To keep the roof safe, follow these helpful tips:
Winterizing a Basement
When the roof is finished, check the basement next. Make an appointment to have the furnace inspected and cleaned each year, by a qualified technician. Put insulation on all exposed water pipes. It is also helpful to keep the thermostat turned up during colder periods to prevent pipes from freezing and bursting. If there are any flammable materials in the basement, make sure they are stored away from wiring or heating units.
Winterizing the Windows
Leaky windows will not only let in air but also snow and rain. This can lead to big problems in a short period of time, so it is important to make sure the caulking around the windows and door frames are in good repair. Be sure to also check the caulking around sinks, bathtubs and toilets.
After completing these tasks, homeowners should also:
Taking the proper steps to winterize your home will reduce the likelihood of unexpected damages or insurance claims. For more information on how to prevent homeowners claims due to winter weather contact your TIG Risk Advisor or call us toll free at 1.800.682.7741.