Frances Badayos | author
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Our property damage lawyers have seen how ice and severe cold can compromise the structure of homes. It’s important to protect your home from the cold weather and prevent winter freezing damage.
How to Avoid Property Damage From Freezing Weather
Below are some tips to help you prepare your home for the winter months:
Insulate your home
Proper insulation is crucial in helping to keep your home warm and prevent freezing pipes. Check the insulation in your attic, walls, and crawl spaces to ensure it is sufficient. If necessary, you can add more insulation or consider using weather stripping to seal any gaps or cracks around doors and windows.
Protect your pipes
Freezing pipes can be a major issue during the winter months. To prevent pipes from freezing, ensure to insulate any exposed pipes, especially those in unheated areas such as basements, crawl spaces, and garages. You can use foam pipe insulation or wrap the pipes in heating tape to keep them warm. It’s also good to keep cabinet doors open to allow heat to reach pipes under sinks and appliances.
Keep your home heated
Maintaining a consistent and adequate heat level in your home is essential for preventing freezing damage. Set your thermostat to at least 55 degrees Fahrenheit even when you’re not home to help prevent pipes from freezing. If you have a vacation home or will be away for an extended period, consider leaving the heat on or using a smart thermostat that can be controlled remotely.
Clear debris from gutters and downspouts
Gutters and downspouts can become clogged with leaves and other debris, which can cause water to back up and freeze. To prevent this, make sure to clear out your gutters and downspouts before winter arrives. Consider installing gutter guards to prevent debris from accumulating.
Protect your home’s exterior
Make sure to repair any damaged or missing shingles on your roof, and consider adding a waterproofing agent to protect against ice and snow. You should also check your siding, windows, and doors for cracks or gaps that could allow cold air to enter your home.
Contact Our Homeowners Insurance Claim Lawyers After Suffering Ice Damage
Following the tips outlined in this article, you can protect your home from the cold weather and prevent winter freezing damage. However, sometimes the damage is unavoidable. If you experience any damage to your home, don’t hesitate to contact Insurance Claim HQ for assistance. Our team of experienced professionals can help you navigate the claims process and get the coverage you need to repair any damage. Contact us today to learn more.