If you live in an area that has harsh winters, you may already have had some snow flying this year. But whether you’re well into winter or you’re just now starting to see the signs coming on, it’s never too late to start preparing your home for a change in the weather.
To help ensure that your preparations will serve your home and family well, here are three tips for preparing your home for a safe and warm winter.
Trim Back Your Trees
Snow and freezing temperatures are one of the biggest threats to homes during the winter months. Not only can ice and cold make it hard to keep your home warm, but these conditions can also cause things like your trees to become dangerous for you.
Knowing this, Gwen Moran, a contributor to HouseLogic.com, recommends that you spend some time trimming back your trees before temperatures drop too low and you get too much snow or ice accumulated on the trees around your home. If the weather gets bad, you could have tree limbs break off and hit your home, your cars, or even your loved ones spending time outside. Especially if you have trees that are resting right above your house, where you park a vehicle, or where you spend time outdoors, you’ll want to be sure you get those limbs trimmed to a safe length.
Prepare For Winter Storms
Aside from the basic snow accumulation and colder weather, winter can also bring with it some pretty scary storms as well.
If a winter storm is forecasted to come to your area, you’ll want to be sure that you’re ready ahead of time. To get ready, Rebecca Edwards, a contributor to Safewise.com, advises that you first think about what you’ll do if the power goes out. By having a plan for keeping your home and family warm, like buying a generator or having an alternate heat source, you should be able to wait out typical power outages that you might experience during a winter storm.
Keep Your Pipes Warm
When the temperatures drop in the winter, one area of your home that you need to give some extra attention to is your pipes. If your pipes get too cold and start to freeze, you can run into some real issues like bursting pipes and flooding.
To avoid this, Sarah Welch and Alicia Rockmore, contributors to HGTV, recommend that you prepare your plumbing by draining all outdoor water lines, applying heat tape to indoor pipes, and knowing exactly how to turn off your water if the worst should happen.
If you think you’ve got a doozy of a winter coming up, consider using the tips mentioned above to help you prepare your home and family for potential winter problems.