Caring for your home in winter

The weather in Central Indiana is unpredictable, but one thing’s for sure...the winters are cold and bring lots of snow and ice. All that snow and ice along with frigid temperatures can be rough on your home. Here are a few tips to protect your home from the hazards of winter weather.

  • Prevent pipes from freezing. Use heat tape on pipes that have been known to freeze in the past. Drain water from outdoor faucets and sprinklers.
  • Clear snow from basement stairs, window wells, and walls quickly. Melting snow can cause water damage.
  • If large amounts of snow accumulate on your roof, particularly on the downwind side, consult a roofing contractor about removal to prevent damage to your roof.
  • Prevent ice dams from occurring on your roof, which can cause damage to your roof and leaks, by ensuring your attic has adequate insulation and ventilation. Learn more here.

how to prevent ice dams

  • Clear your sidewalks. Indianapolis city codes mandate that homeowners are to clear the sidewalks around their homes. You can be fined $50 for not complying.
  • Make sure to change your furnace filter regularly (typically once a month but check your manufacturer’s recommendations), get an annual furnace inspection, and have your fireplace inspected and cleaned before its first use of the season. Furnace and fireplace inspections are particularly important because unidentified issues with your furnace or fireplace could lead to carbon monoxide poisoning or fire.
  • Most house fires occur in cold weather months. Protect your home and family from fire by ensuring that all smoke detectors are in good working condition. Replace any smoke detector that is over 10 years old. Your home should have one fire extinguisher for every 600 square feet of living space.

Have you completed these tasks yet? Don’t forget because the condition of your home is depending on it!