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Preparing Your Home for a Cold Winter in New York

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Living in New York you can always expect some severe winter weather. Whether it’s dangerously low temperatures, snow, powerful winds, or freezing rain, you should make sure your home is prepared to endure whatever winter brings.

Preparing The Outside of Your Home For A Cold Winter in New York

  • Tend To Tree Branches – Tree branches can easily snap under the weight of snow or from high winds and end up leaving you with roof damage. Avoid roof leaks and water damage by taking care of tree branches before it is too late.
  • Clear Out Your Gutters – If your gutters are filled with leaves, then snow and ice that normally gets directed away from the house will build up on your roof. When that ice melts it can lead to structural damage. Avoid this issue by keeping your gutters clear.
  • Take Care of Your Outdoor Spigots – Lingering water in your hose can cause pipes behind your spigot to burst. Make sure to disconnect and drain your garden hose and consider shutting off the valve inside the house.

Preparing The Inside of Your Home For A Frigid Winter in New York

  • Wrap Any Exposed Pipes – Avoid frozen and burst pipes by using insulation sleeves to wrap your pipes that run through unheated areas in your home, like attics, crawlspaces, and basements.
  • Seal Gaps and Openings – Do you have a drafty window? Use caulk or weatherstripping to keep the cold out and the heat in. This will help you save on energy costs and keep water out of your home.
  • Insulate Your Home – If your home is underinsulated you are more likely to have a high heating bill and cold spots. Insulate any exterior walls and your attic, but before you do so make sure to find and repair any leaks.

Winters in New York are no joke. Take these steps to prepare your home before you fall victim to an intense winter storm. If you experience any storm damage make sure to call the experts at Restoration 1 of New York.


For more winter safety tips visit the CDC website.

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