Winter Storms: A 5 Step Safety Checklist For Your Home

People tend to think of dangerous weather as something that happens during the spring and summer with wildfires and hurricanes. In actuality, some of the most dangerous extreme weather in many parts of the country occurs during cold winter months. If you don’t take steps to protect your home from the damage that winter weather can do, you may end up having to pay thousands of dollars in repair bills. With that in mind, below is a checklist of five safety measures to prep your home for winter storms. 

Insulated Piping

One part of your home that is especially prone to being damaged by winter weather is your plumbing. If the pipes get too cold, they will freeze and then later burst. The damage done to your home could be in the thousands. Make sure your pipes in at risk locations in your home such as crawl spaces, the attic or the basement are wrapped with insulation. 

Solid Roof

Another thing that could be at risk of being damaged during the winter is your roof. If your roof isn’t completely solid, you could end up with significant water damage after the snow begins to thaw. Inspect your roofing to see if it’s up to task. If it’s not, pay for roofing replacement during the fall to make sure you are ready for winter. 

Insulation

Another part of winterizing your home should include ensuring that proper insulation is installed in the correct locations. Like anything, insulation can wear out over time. Make sure to inspect your insulation during the fall and update it if needed. Insulation in the correct locations in the attic, for example, can help to prevent the creation of ice dams. 

Gutters and Downspouts

Similarly, your gutters and downspouts also need to be inspected. If they are clogged during the winter, ice dams can form and lead to extensive water damage in your home. If you find there are places where the gutter drips during the day and freezes pools of ice in your side-walks at night repair would be recommended. You don’t want to let a little drip turn into broken bones.  This includes cleaning out your gutters during the fall. It’s a job no one likes to do. However, not cleaning out your gutters can have severe consequences. 

Blackout Preparation

Blackouts are common during the winter due to freezing power lines. You need to make sure you are prepared. For one, you should never run your water during a winter blackout because your pipes could freeze. Make sure you have bottled water on hand for such an emergency. Also have a first aid kit, flashlights, nonperishable food, blankets and utility company phone numbers on hand as well. 

Winter weather can do a lot of damage to your home. It can also kill under certain circumstances. Make sure your home and family are protected by taking the proper safety precautions.

Good Tidyings: 4 Reasons to Do Spring Cleaning in the Winter

You’ve most likely heard about the benefits of engaging in spring cleaning, but have you ever thought about starting early? Consider skipping over the spring cleaning in favor of getting it done in the winter. Here are just a few of the reasons that you should get your spring cleaning done before spring has a chance to arrive. 

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Frozen Pipes! How to Prevent Major Winter Plumbing Woes

Lots of homeowners are surprised at how cold it doesn’t have to get for pipes to freeze. Some pipes freeze when the temperature is as high as 50 degrees Fahrenheit, well above the freezing temperature of water. In many cases, all you may have to do is wait for the pipes to warm up, or warm them up manually. In other cases, frozen pipes burst. Here are some ways to prevent frozen pipes:

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Packrat Pad: How to Get Rid of All the Junk You Accumulated This Winter

It’s that time of year when families across the country begin their spring cleaning process, and a huge part of this tradition involves reducing the amount of things in your possession. Do you have stacks of stuff piled up around the house? Is your garage stuffed from floor to ceiling with items that haven’t been used in years? Do you have so much stuff that you’re now throwing money away on public storage because your house is filled to the max?

If you answered, “Yes” to any of these questions, then it’s time to make some major changes and make the decision to let go of some of your clutter. Go through your home and assign every item you come across to one of the four following categories.

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Winter Sun Destinations: 5 Top Trips

Contributed by Katey Carter

Who said that sunbathing is necessary for the summer? All the borders have long been open, and it’s not necessary to go on vacation in July or August to fully enjoy the sea and the sun. Simply buy a plane ticket, pay for a visa, and spend some wonderful days in the palm and liana, listening to the sound of the surf and enjoying exotic fruits. Read the article below and choose a rest where the summer blossoms in the middle of winter.

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Winter Blues? 4 Year-Round Activities to Keep the Good Times Rolling

The cold and dark days of winter don’t always have to spoil your fun. You can still partake in many activities that can be enjoyed throughout the year. Here are four year-round activities to help you keep the good times rolling and beat the winter blues.

Aquatic Activities

There might be an indoor waterpark in your area that features waterslides and other aquatic attractions that can be enjoyed without having to bear the frigid outdoor temperatures. If you don’t live near an indoor waterpark, you can still likely find a local indoor public pool where you can go swimming. You can even try visiting a health club in your area that might have a hot tub where you can sit and relax in the warm bubbling water.

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3 Repairs Your Family’s Home Will Likely Need after Winter

Many people think of winter as a magical time of family visits, holidays and skiing. To be fair, it is that. Winter is also, unfortunately, a season of rough weather for most of the country. Freezing temperatures and high winds, along with snow, rain or hail, can leave your poor home battered. When spring rolls around, there’s a good chance you’ll see some damage in common areas. So let’s look at a few of the more common problem spots.
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Winter is Coming! 3 Ways to Get You and Your Family Ready for the Cold Months

Winter months can be long and difficult to bear. More than that, they can be dangerous for you and your loved ones in some cases. You understandably want to stay warm and comfortable throughout the winter, and you also need to take every step possible to stay safe. By understanding what dangers you may be exposed to and by taking a few steps now, you can prepare yourself and your family for the frigid days and nights ahead.

Prepare Your Home

At its most basic level, a home is your primary shelter that protects you from the often dangerous elements outdoors. Winter months can bring freezing temperatures, inches or feet of snow and ice, strong winds and more. Servicing your furnace through a company like Seliga Heating and Cooling before the cold weather arrives can reduce possible downtime and may even prevent carbon monoxide issues that could have deadly consequences.

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8 Things That Will Help Every Girl Fall in Love With Winter

Winter is here in full swing, and while that means beautiful holiday lights and festive meals for many, it can also mean dry skin and blemishes for others who don’t have a proper skincare routine.  These drawbacks can affect your enjoyment of this festival season.

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The Latest Hair Trends For Winter

 

When it comes to hairstyles, you want to look our best and be in style at the same time. To do this, you must keep up with the latest in hair trends. Now that Winter 2017 is upon us, many of us may be standing in front of the mirror asking “What should I do with my hair this season?” Many of us may also be stuck with a style that we have been wearing for years. Before you give up and go the route of the dependable ponytail, read up on these four hair trends that are in style for the season.

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