As the mercury dips dramatically throughout the New England winter, we count on our homes to protect us against storms and freezing temperatures. Periods of severe and sustained cold, snowstorms, melting and freezing can combine to cause considerable damage. Here are a few steps to protect your home, so that it can continue to safeguard you from the season’s worst:
- Keep sidewalks and entrances free from snow and ice.
- Watch for ice dams near gutter downspouts, these can cause water to build up and seep into your home.
- Keep your house heated to a minimum of 65 degrees to prevent freezing pipes and identify the location of your main water shutoff in case you need to use it.
- Open hot and cold water faucets enough to let them drip slowly, keeping water moving within the pipes prevents freezing.
- If your garage is attached to your house, keep the doors closed.
- If ice forms on tree limbs, watch for dead, damaged or dangerous branches that could break and fall under the extra weight, potentially damaging your home, car or a passerby.
- If you use fireplaces, wood stoves and electric heaters, watch them closely to be sure that they are working properly, do not leave them unattended and close the fireplace flue, when not in use.
- If away for an extended time, ask a neighbor to check on your house.
Standard homeowners policies cover most kinds of damage resulting from a freeze, but it’s a good idea to be informed about your coverage before you need it. Call us at 401-846-9629 to review your homeowner’s policy; we’re always here to help!