When the harsh cold of a winter storm strikes your home, you sit inside hoping and praying that the power remains on and that your home stays heated and warm. However, this ideal scenario is not always reality. In order to keep your home warm and operational even in the midst of a strong winter storm, there are a few key preparatory steps that you need to take. If you know how to prepare for the depths of the winter storms to come, you will keep your family warm and safe even if your power goes out during the toughest of winter storms.
Insulate Your Pipes
The last thing that you want to have happen in the middle of a winter storm is for your power to go out in combination with your pipes freezing. Frozen pipes will make it impossible for you and your family to use your plumbing fixtures until a plumber is able to fight through the snow and ice to get to your house.
So, rather than have to worry about this nightmare scenario, insulate your pipes. All you need is to head to a nearby hardware store and buy some easy-to-install pipe insulation. Wrap any exposed pipes in the insulation material, and you will keep your pipes from freezing
Invest In A Standby Generator
If you want to be sure that you and your family can stay warm and your home operational in spite of any harsh weather, your best bet is to install a standby generator in your home. These generators can be run using propane or natural gas, and are wired into your home's electrical system to kick in when the electrical power in your home goes out.
Because of the intricacy of the wiring necessary to set up your standby generator, and the use of fuel sources like propane or natural gas, you should not try to install your standby generator yourself. Instead, contact a heating and air conditioning expert and/or a plumber (such as A Absolute Plumbing & Heating) to ensure that the generator is hooked up correctly and that it functions as it should.
If your power goes out during the winter storm, a standby generator will keep the vital parts of your home operating and heated until your power gets turned back on. This type of backup can literally be a lifesaver for you and your loved ones.
Nobody wants to think that they will lose power or heat during the winter months. However, with the unpredictability and strength of storm systems during the winter months, you need to be prepared for any- and everything.