If you have been paying attention to weather patterns you would see that El Niño is pretty strong this year. This causes different than normal weather patterns all over the world.

According to the Weather Channel, they are predicting below average temperatures and above average precipitation. What does this mean? It will probably be a cold and wet winter. Possibly lots of snow and ice even.

In addition to our last blog post about maintaining your home, here are some tips for the extreme cold weather.

WHAT TO DO:

  • Make sure that your attic is well ventilated and insulated so that ice dams don’t form. Ice dams come about by snow melting in the middle of the roof because the attic is warm. When it slides down to the eaves, where the gutters are, it refreezes since it is colder there. Ice forms and backs up under the shingles. Not only does it damage the roof but water also enters the house.
  • Drip water in your faucets when you know it will be extremely cold outside. Leave the cabinet doors open where pipes are running to help keep them from freezing. Make sure you know where your main water shut-off is located in case of pipes freezing. If pipes freeze but don’t burst, you can use a variety of tools to help thaw them such as a hair dryer or space heater.
  • It’s not a bad idea to have a generator on hand in case the power goes out. Make sure that you have flashlights with fresh batteries and/or candles on hand. Make sure the generator is ventilated very well and is covered from the elements. Take care not to put it in an enclosed location like a garage or basement as carbon monoxide could build up and be harmful. Check the manual and follow directions carefully.
  • Have a shovel, or two, on hand as well as melting agents on hand.
  • As with maintenance, make sure there are no gaps around windows and doors. Use caulking and weather stripping to help seal the gaps.
  • Make sure your furnace is in tip top shape. It would be bad for it to go down in the middle of the winter. Make sure that you also have a back up heating supply in case something does happen to it. If you have a wood fireplace, make sure you are well stocked with wood.
  • If you have window AC units, recommend removing them and sealing the window up. If you don’t want to do that, make sure they are well covered and any gaps are well sealed.

These are some simple tips to keeping you safe this winter. Happy Holidays!