1. The obvious have your heating system serviced and evaluated
For home owner to ensure it is in good working order. Heating systems like to fail when you need them most. If your system is more than 20 years old it may be time to update it. Don’t get caught in the cold.
2. If you have a sump pump make sure it has a battery back-up
to protect against power failure. If you do not have a sump pump get a portable pump. Even “dry” basements can take on water.
3. Get a generator.
You do not need to have a big generator that comes on automatically. A portable generator can be enough to run your refrigerator, sump pump, and heating system. If you have a generator have an electrician install a transfer switch.
4. Clean your gutters again.
Free flowing gutters will help prevent ice dams. You should also consider having heat cords run through the gutter and downspouts. Your downspouts should extend at least 6 feet beyond the foundation
5. When it snows
shovel out ALL your doorways and make sure there is a path from the rear doors to the front of the house. Shovel off all your decks, balconies, porches, steps, stoops and landings. By keeping the snow away from your doors and off your decks etc you minimize the risk of water penetration.
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