Winter is creeping up on us, are you ready?
Here in the Amarillo Texas area, winter cold is serious business. This year, we are in a La Niña pattern, so expect some swings in temperatures.
To make sure you and your family avoid winter problems, we at SERVPRO of West Amarillo have put together some tips:
- Prune or trim trees
Trim tree limbs hanging over a structure, car, or sidewalk. Iced branches can snap and cause damage or injury.
- Test all alarms
Test carbon monoxide and smoke alarms monthly, replace batteries yearly, and replace alarms every 10 years (or per product instructions).
- Protect your pipes
Insulate crawl spaces, basements, and unfinished rooms, such as garages to protect pipes from freezing and put covers on all outdoor faucets.
- Check home insulation
Make sure you have the correct amount of insulation. When heat escapes through your attic, ice and snow can melt on your roof and re-freeze. This can create ice dams and cause roof damage, leaks, and even mold growth.
- If you have one, check the chimney
Have your chimney inspected and cleaned to make sure it's safe and prevent creosote buildup, which can start a fire.
- Check the furnace
Clean or replace the filter.
- Inspect and prepare car
Check wipers, fluids, lights, tires, brakes, and the battery. Keep an ice scraper, heavy blanket, gloves, first-aid kit, snacks, and water inside