4 ways to winterize your Parkville MD home
Cold weather is one of the leading causes of storm damage property claims. To prevent costly damage due to weather take the following precautions to protect your property - its best to do them before winter weather hits but if its cold outside and your concerned, bundle up and get to work!
1. check your property for downed tree limbs and branches. weather such as heavy rain, wind, ice and snow can cause branches to fall which could cause damage to property and potentially cause personal injuries.
2. Inspect roof, water pipes, and gutters should all be inspected to ensure they are in proper order. Gutter downspouts should be directed away from your building. Clear gutters of debris that may have gathered during the fall. leaves and other obstructions can lead to ice damming which can lead to roof damage and interior water problems.
3. Make sure walkways, parking lots have proper drainage to alleviate flood hazard potential
4. Protect water pipes from freezing by simply allowing water to drip when temperatures dip below freezing. If pipes are under a cabinet, leave the cabinet doors open allowing warm air inside to circulate. If the building has outside faucet to ensure it drains preventing any remaining water from freezing in the pipe. Once the valve is off, open the outdoor faucet to ensure it drains, preventing any remaining water freezing in the pipe.