Warmer winters aren’t always better. With this season on track to be warmer (and wetter) than average, homeowners should prepare now for the potential of extreme precipitation, says Peter Duncanson, director of Disaster Restoration System Development at ServiceMaster Restore.
“When it comes to winter weather, it pays to be prepared for the worst,” says Duncanson. “Although many areas across the country experienced mild temperatures this fall, preparing now is vital, as excessive precipitation combined with freezing or near-freezing temperatures can cause significant damage overnight.”
- Reviewing your insurance policy closely and paying attention to specifics on what is and is not covered under the agreement
- Clearing rain gutters, repairing roof leaks and cutting away tree branches that could fall on the home
- Keeping gutters and downspouts free of debris and making sure water is flowing several feet away from the foundation
- Checking for cracks or small holes in the foundation where water can seep in – even a few inches of water from melted snow or excessive rain can cause interior water damage to carpet, drywall, wood floors and even your home’s structure
- Covering exposed outdoor water faucets to prevent freezing
- Leaving cabinet doors under sinks open to help circulate air and prevent frozen pipes during extreme temperatures