A cold front is underway in the Dallas-Fort Worth area. Before you get ready for spring, make sure your home makes it through the last stretch of winter. All you need is a fire or water disaster when we’re almost through the winter-related home damage season. ServiceMaster TEAM gathered cold weather best practices below. Read on to ensure you’re preventing cold weather home damage as much as possible.

Weatherproof:

Make sure your home is still sealed and ready to keep the last month of cold air out. During the course of the winter, new damage occurs. Fix this damage before it gets worse and causes a large home disaster.

  1. Doors & Windows:
    • Make sure all of your doors and windows can shut properly with no gaps.
    • If you see any gaps, install weather stripping to prevent cold air from working against your heating system.
  1. Roof & Gutters:
    • Look over your roof to see if any previous storms have caused missing shingles or cracks.
    • Remove debris from your gutters and ensure there aren’t any leaks. Sitting water can seep into your roofline when it doesn’t have an escape route.

Heating:

During a cold front, your heating systems are probably overworked. Fireplaces, central heaters and space heaters all have a fire risk that rises in the winter months. Implement safety practices into your daily routine while using your heating system.

  1. Fireplace:
    • Before lighting a fire, have your fireplace inspected and cleaned by a professional.
    • Keep your fireplace screen door closed when a fire is lit.
    • Dispose of ash in a metal bucket and keep it outside of your home, away from flammable items.
  1. Space heater:
    • Only use space heaters with an automatic shutoff function.
    • Setup your space heater on a level surface, away from flammable items.
    • Keep your children and pets three feet away from any heat source.

Pipes:

Protect your pipes from the current cold front by making sure they stay warm and functioning well. Especially in uninsulated areas of your home, it’s important to make sure your pipes are warm enough.

  1. Insulate:
    • Foam pipe sleeves or pipe wrap are available at your local home improvement store and usually easy to install.
    • Insulating both hot and cold-water pipes can increase efficiency and lower condensation.
  1. Heat:
    • Make sure you keep your heat set to at least 55 degrees at all times. It’s important to make sure your home has a base level of heat especially overnight or when your home in unoccupied.

ServiceMaster TEAM is your local water and fire damage restoration expert in the Dallas-Fort Worth area. Spring is right around the corner but don’t let your winter home maintenance slip just yet. This last cold front could still do damage. Asses the winter damage that has already taken place and implement damage prevention measures where needed. If you do experience cold weather water or fire damage, contact us. We’re available 24/7 for emergency restoration services. You can expect superior results, courteous customer support and conscientious cost controls.

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