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  • Writer's pictureLucy Viggiano

Winter Ready: Tips to Safeguard Your Home Against Disasters

Hey there, fellow homeowners! Lucy Viggiano here, your friendly New York State Licensed Public Adjuster with over 27 years of experience. Winter is just around the corner, and you know what that means – it's time to get our homes winter-ready and ensure we're prepared for whatever Mother Nature throws our way.

I've been in the emergency services business for quite some time, and trust me, I've seen it all. From burst pipes to roof collapses, winter disasters can wreak havoc on our homes. But fear not, because I've got some practical tips to help you prepare your humble abode and avoid potential winter woes.

  1. Inspect and Seal Windows and Doors: Cold drafts can sneak into your home through gaps in windows and doors. Take a stroll around your house and check for any cracks or openings. Seal them up with weatherstripping or caulk to keep the cold air out and the warm air in.

  2. Clean Those Gutters: It's not the most glamorous task, but cleaning your gutters is crucial in winter. Clogged gutters can lead to ice dams, which can damage your roof and gutters. So, grab a sturdy ladder and get rid of those leaves and debris.

  3. Check Your Heating System: The last thing you want is for your heating system to give up on you during a cold snap. Schedule a professional to inspect and maintain your furnace or heat pump. Don't forget to replace the air filter – it's a simple yet effective way to keep your system running smoothly.

  4. Insulate Your Pipes: Frozen pipes can be a homeowner's nightmare. Insulate exposed pipes in your basement, crawl spaces, and attics to prevent them from freezing and potentially bursting. It's a small investment that can save you from a big headache.

  5. Trim Those Trees: Winter storms can bring heavy snow and ice, putting extra weight on tree branches. Trim back any overhanging branches that could break under the added pressure. This will not only protect your home but also ensure the safety of your family.

  6. Emergency Kit Essentials: Prepare for the worst by putting together an emergency kit. Include essentials like flashlights, batteries, blankets, non-perishable food, and a first aid kit. It's always better to be safe than sorry.

  7. Roof Inspection: Schedule a roof inspection to identify any potential issues before winter hits. Leaks or weak spots can lead to significant problems when snow and ice accumulate. Addressing them early can save you from costly repairs down the line.

Remember, a little preparation goes a long way. By taking these steps now, you'll be setting yourself up for a cozy and disaster-free winter. Stay warm, stay safe, and if you ever find yourself facing the unexpected, you know where to find me – Lucy Viggiano, your trusted public adjuster. Happy winter prepping!

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