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Stop Water Damage Now by Winterizing Your Home

April 26th, 2012 · No Comments

Ideally, you have previously prepared your property for winter, steeling it against the frigid components that are arriving. But if you haven’t already, you should probably take measures to do just that. Taking a couple of preventative steps now may possibly spare you a considerable repair bill later on.

Insulate Yourself. check the insulation in your attic and make sure you have enough. If you can see the ceiling joists, you don’t. Make certain you have a bare minimum of 12 inches of insulation to help keep your residence warm this winter.

Fire Up The Furnace. We all know what that first time is like, namely the scent that accompanies the first use of the furnace every year. That smell should go away within a number of minutes, but if it does not, shut it down and call in a specialist to inspect the unit. Your filters may be soiled and as a result may lead to a fire risk. Forget the fiberglass filters and use electrostatic filters that may be washed and reused. 

Air Ducts. A home may lose up to 60% of it heat if the air ducts are not appropriately connected and insulated. That will make itself recognized on your bill. Have the ducts cleaned every few years to clear away debris that could a) hinder correct operation, or b) cause respiratory problems.

Chimney. Before you use your fireplace the very first time, have your chimney inspected. If you don’t already have one, have a screen cap placed over your chimney to keep out leaves and debris, or even worse, birds and other small animals which may perhaps crawl into the open vent for refuge or shelter. Be certain to keep the damper or flue closed when not in use to keep cold air from coming in.

Reverse The Fans. Not a lot of folks know this, but reversing your ceiling fans will seriously help out when it comes to keeping heat down where you and your family are (as opposed to lifting to the ceiling where it does nobody any good at all). Make certain your ceiling fan is rotating clockwise.

Piping. This is a prime trigger for water damage every year. Make certain the water to your outside hose bibs is shut off before freezing weather hits, and that all water has been drained from the pipes. In addition, wherever you have access to your pipes, be sure they are insulated.

In the occasion of water damage as a result of rain, melting ice, or snow runoff, you really should call in your local water damage restoration professionals. Your household will face substantial threats from the elements this winter, so take the time to be adequately prepared.

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