Winter in Connecticut is always a bit of a toss-up. Will we wake up Christmas morning to a foot of snow or a sunny 60-degree day? While we’re usually hoping for the latter, there’s no way to know what Old Man Winter has in store for us. That’s why it’s so important to hope for the best but prep your home for the worst.
With chilly weather already upon us, take every precaution to keep your home and family safe this winter by:
Knowing where your water valve shut-off is.
It’s best to winterize your pipes to some degree every fall, whether you’ll be staying in your house or not. If temperatures suddenly drop, the water trapped in your pipes could freeze. When water freezes, it expands and can potentially crack your pipes. If a pipe does burst, knowing where your valve shut-off is can potentially save you thousands of dollars worth of damage.
Having your roof examined.
Snow covered roofs and dangling icicles may make for a wonderful holiday card, but they’re actually signs of potentially bigger problems. Lots of long icicles can mean that your home has an ice dam. Avoid a dam by making sure your attic is well ventilated. You should also have snow removed from your roof to prevent it from melting and dripping into your attic or weighing down your roof.
Stocking up on necessities.
Having a few extra batteries, containers of gas, jugs of water, and a first aid kit can help you avoid any hectic runs to the grocery store days before a big storm.
Inquiring about snow removal.
The last thing you want to do is look into snow removal services the day of a big snow storm. Before you get wind of an incoming storm (or even better, at the end of fall) connect with a reputable snow removal company.
Let JM Roofing & Siding tackle half of this list for you! Our Connecticut-based roofing and siding contractors can inspect your roof before the first snowfall and ensure your family’s safety. We are also happy to now offer snow removal services! To learn about prices and availability, give us a call at (203) 299-0716 or request a free estimate online!