Helpful Hints for a Wisconsin Winter

Snow, ice, and cold weather can wreak havoc on the homes of even the most seasoned Winter Warriors. Here are a variety of tips that can help avoid common insurance claims as the temperatures drop:

  • When leaving home for more than 24 hours, keep the heat at a reasonable level and turn your main water supply off.
  • Leave doors or cabinets open in areas that are exposed to cold exterior walls.
  • In the event a frozen pipe is found, never use a torch or open flame to thaw it.
  • Install “frost-free” exterior faucets or protect them with an insulating cover.
  • Inspect and replace old washing machine hoses.
  • Clean the lint from your dryer hose all the way to the exterior vent.
  • If burning wood, hire a professional to clean and inspect your chimney as well as the liner.
  • Burn only well-seasoned hard wood.
  • Move combustibles away from the wood burner and make sure the floor area around it is non-combustible.
  • Use a metal container for ashes and make sure they are cooled before spreading them in a safe area.
  • Check to make sure your smoke and carbon monoxide detectors are working and fire extinguishers are fully charged.
  • Opt for LED Christmas lights and use caution with extension cords around your home.
  • Never use a turkey fryer on a wood deck or inside your garage.
  • If ice dams build up on the edge of your roof, rake the bottom two to three feet off the roof and make sure the attic is properly insulated.
  • Remove excessive snow loads from any buildings that are not designed to withstand the extra weight.
  • Now is also a good time to check your sump pump to make sure the float operates and that the discharge pipe is not frozen.