Winter weather in New Jersey is unpredictable and can pose a number of hazards for unprepared homeowners and businesses. From endless snowstorms, blizzards mixed with thick layers of ice, and temperatures that dip below zero, properties can become susceptible to damage. Not only that, but it can also threaten the health and safety of those who live and work there. To help you stay safe and protect your property this season, we’ve put together this winter weather preparedness guide, some of which you can DIY.
Prepare NJ Homes and Businesses for Harsh Winter Weather
The best way to prevent structural damage from the bitter cold NJ weather is to take the proper precautions before the temperatures hit freezing. It will save you money in the long run by preventing pipes from freezing and or your roof from collapsing. You can also avoid the stress of cleaning up the mess.
Follow these winter weather preparedness tips to help you winterize your home or commercial building starting today.
1 - Heating System Maintenance is a Must
Heating system maintenance is important to prevent bigger issues from getting in the way when you need it most this winter. In fact, furnace maintenance is one of the most effective tips on our winter weather preparedness list.
During an HVAC maintenance service, your technician will inspect systems for worn HVAC components, clean and seal air ducts, and replace air filters. They will also clear out the dust and ensure everything is properly sealed to optimize efficiency and lower the chances of a system failure.
2 - Seal Everything Up
Once your furnace is working efficiently, don’t let that warm air escape! Sealing up your space is one of the best ways to keep temperatures regulated throughout your home or business. Winter weather can exacerbate small gaps in siding or insulation. Strong winds and freezing rain can turn those minor holes into major problems. These leaks can result in expensive drafts and dangerous moisture damage.
Make sure you take the time to caulk and seal spaces around doors and windows, and repair any damaged siding and insulation.
3 - Look Up! Inspect the Gutters
Before the winter weather arrives, inspect your gutters. If you have clogged or gapping gutters, you could be putting yourself and visitors at risk for injury (creating unnecessary legal liability for building owners). Overflowing or leaking gutters can lead to dangerous icicles and slippery patches on walkways.
Keep occupants safe and prevent further damage to your gutters by cleaning them out regularly. Worn gutters and emerging gaps should be addressed immediately. Downspouts and drains need to be directed away from walkways to prevent ice from forming. Scatter ice melt, sand or salt on walkways around the building to minimize ice buildup.
4 - Check the Roof
As part of winter weather preparedness, it’s important to check the roof for any signs of damage. If you notice damaged shingles or roofing materials, repair and replace them as soon as possible (before the snow accumulates).
At this time, also address any structural issues that might cause water to pool on flat spots of the roof.
5 - Winterize Plumbing
Don’t forget about winterizing your plumbing system. Pipes can freeze and burst when not properly winterized – especially ones on exterior walls. It’s not a scenario anyone wants to experience. Additionally, winterizing your plumbing systems can prevent high utility costs.
Don’t just focus on indoor plumbing. Remember to drain the outdoor irrigation and sprinkler systems and disconnect and drain all hoses. Be sure to insulate and caulk around where any pipes enter your building.
6 - Get Prepared for Winter Weather with Brown’s
As always, pay attention to NJ weather reports and warnings of freezing weather and winter storms in your area. In the event of a severe storm that results in a blackout, ensure you have the protection you need with a reliable generator. As part of a good winter weather readiness plan, all generators should be inspected, maintained and tested before each season.
If you have any questions about furnace maintenance, generator installation or any other winter weather tips for your home or business, call Brown’s Heating, Cooling and Plumbing at 732-741-0694. We offer the most reliable HVAC services throughout Toms River, Middletown, Brick, Holmdel, Freehold and surrounding NJ areas.