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Winter Weather Preparation Tips for Your Home

Winter in Tacoma can mean many things – from freezing temperatures to high winds and heavy rainfall. We see it all here in the Pacific Northwest.

The crew here at ServiceMaster of Tacoma wants to help you prepare for anything that might happen this winter. Follow these safety prevention tips from our experts to avoid fire and water damage all season long:

Keeping Water Under Control

Whether it is freezing or not, your Tacoma home will be subject to plenty of rainfall. There are a few tips you can use to ensure your home stays safe:

  • Review your roof for possible leaks, especially if it has been a few years since you installed or replaced your roof. Be sure all leaks in your roof are fixed before the season to prevent heat from impacting the snow all around. Radiant heat from your home can come from the openings and melt the snow, causing ice blockages as the water enters the gutters and freezes again.
  • Use heat tape around any pipes in your home that might be vulnerable to freezing conditions. Heat tape can insulate the pipes and keep them from freezing and bursting.
  • Keep the heat in your home set to at least 55 degrees. The base level of heat ensures your pipes and other water fixtures won’t freeze.

Preventing Fires

The cold conditions in Tacoma will make you more reliant on your heater and fireplace, but those can be fire hazards. Here’s what you can do to prevent fire damage while keeping your home warm during the winter:

  • Have a professional fireplace cleaner inspect and clear out your chimney.
  • Dispose of any ash from your fireplace in a metal bucket and move the ash outside the home. Ash is flammable and can be dangerous.
  • Have an HVAC professional review your heat vents and other features to ensure there are no obstructions. A professional can vacuum your vents as necessary.
  • Adjust your ceiling fans to where they will turn clockwise. A clockwise motion allows the fan to move cold air upward while warm air moves downward. The effort keeps your home comfortable while also keeping you from being too reliant on your HVAC system.

Check Your Openings

Check your doors and windows to see how well the sealant in your home is working. Use weather stripping to seal any openings you feel are causing drafts. Be sure everything can close well without producing any gaps.

Gutter Maintenance

Clean out the gutters around your roof before the winter. A clogged gutter will cause water to pool inside the gutter and potentially freeze, producing ice dams and harming your roof.

All of these points are helpful ideas to see when you’re aiming to keep your home safe during the winter. If you get caught with fire or water damage this season, contact ServiceMaster of Tacoma. We’re ready to help!


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