Developing a Winter Disaster Plan to Protect Your Home

Nov 14, 2017 | Outdoor Living

Maryland’s weather can be unpredictable and extreme. Having a plan in place to mitigate and avoid property damage could help you avoid heavy costs down the road.

Preventing Freeze

Freezing temperatures offer a lot of risk to your property. Taking steps to prepare your property can be the difference between keeping your family warm and safe, or being cold and paying for crucial damage repairs. Begin by identifying vulnerable equipment and areas. Pipes, of course, are at particular risk during winter storms, you’ll want to insulate your faucets and critical pipework to ensure they don’t freeze over. A simple protection for exposed pipes can be old towels, rags, and even newspaper bound around the pipe with duct tape. Covering vents around your property will also help your home retain heat and prevent freezing within the home.

 When facing sub-zero temperatures make sure to let faucets drip water to prevent ice formation. Establish a schedule to check on your pipes throughout the storm or cold front, especially in areas where you’ve had problems with before.

Protect and Monitor Renovations

If it seems like a major storm is about to hit during renovations, the work must shift to protecting progress. This may involve the use of tarps to protect the site or storing key equipment to prevent damage. The biggest threat to repairs is moisture. Excess water or ice will warp woodwork and possibly create slick conditions that will make the area unsafe to work in. Ensuring that the site of renovation is level will help avoid water pooling and freezing. Whether you’re undergoing renovations or not, make sure your roof is clear and stable as well. Clear your gutters of anything that can catch excess ice, rain, or snow.

Supplies and Tools

Take the time to develop a cache of critical survival supplies like water, dry foods, blankets, and spare clothing. Money and insurance information can also be stored with your supplies. Devices such as portable generators and rechargeable batteries may also prove useful.  If the time comes that you need to remain inside for extended periods of time, store these items in a common area that is away from vents, windows, or areas at risk of low temperatures and moisture.

You should also have key tools handy as well, not to mention flashlights. Remember, in severe weather, help may not be readily available, make sure to have at least the basic tools with you to deal with sudden repairs.