Maryland weather can be unpredictable, especially in winter, which is why being prepared for the worst is a good idea. It’s no joke when a blizzard hits, and sudden repairs pop up around the house. To prevent a potential insurance disaster, here is how you can prepare your home for the winter.
Your home is a safe haven against the nasty winter weather outside, but that is only as long as you take care of any hidden issues first. Now is the time to make repairs like getting your old thermostat replaced and adding weather stripping to your windows and doors. If you have a fireplace or woodstove, you should get them and the chimney cleaned. Replace your furnace filters. They will be working overtime and having them clean will reduce a fire hazard. By that same token, you should also make sure that your smoke alarms are working, up to date on batteries, and can detect carbon monoxide as well.
Now, the outside of your home is on the frontlines of protecting you and your household, and there are several weak points that the weather could exploit. Your roof and gutters are two key areas that are affected the most by freezing rain and snow. Make sure that your gutters are not clogged or broken and have your roof inspected for leaks. You can even invest in a roof rake, which is a device that helps you shovel snow off the roof. Other gear that you should have include snow shovels, road salt and sand, and even a snowblower. We might not have another snowpocalypse this year, but it never hurts to be prepared.
Get in Touch with Wachter Insurance
Whether you need homeowners’ insurance or auto insurance, our team at Wachter Insurance Agency, Inc. is here to help. We offer all of our clients competitive rates, professional customer service, and a huge range of policies to choose from for your needs. We have been serving Maryland, West Virginia, Virginia, Pennsylvania, and the District of Columbia since 1969, and we would love to help keep your home and family safe every day of the year. For more information, give us a call at (301) 371-6335 or visit us online. For more blogs like these, follow us on Facebook, Twitter, and Pinterest.