If you’ve been just about anywhere in the U.S. besides Miami this week, you’ve probably experienced the frigid temperatures and snow/ice meteorologists are referring to as the “Polar Vortex.”  Prolonged exposure to these types of temperatures is not only unpleasant, but can wreak havoc on our homes if we’re not prepared. Here are some useful cold weather tips to protect your home to ensure you’re ready for the bitter temperatures:

  • Insulate your pipes and use a water heater blanket/ insulation wrap if your main water supply is in the garage.
  • Remove ice blockages from gutters and downspouts to help prevent back-up and potential roof leaks from accumulated moisture.
  • Never leave your home without any heat during cold weather.  Most experts recommend that the heat is set to 68 degrees Fahrenheit to avoid damage to pipes, systems, etc.
  • Use kitty litter to improve traction on ice formed over walk and driveways instead of salt.  Repeated use of salt in these areas can kill surrounding grass, shrubs, and trees.

For more useful home winterization tips you can also visit the Bob Vila blog and start planning for the things you may have missed this year.  Have any tips we might have missed?  Comment and share with other readers.

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January 08, 2014 at 1:27 pm, Beth Byrd said:

Turn a lower sink faucet on so that water is trickling. This will help prevent stagnant water freezing inside your pipes which will expand and break the pipe. If you see water running from someone’s home report it to the fire department immediately so that they can come out and turn the water of at the street.


January 10, 2014 at 2:10 pm, Beazer Homes said:

Good one. Thanks Beth!


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