Thursday, November 16, 2017 08:34 AM

MIKE CROXALL: SECURE YOUR HOME FOR THE WINTER COLD

Thursday, November 16, 2017 - by Mike Croxall, president, Home Builders Association of Greater Chattanooga

While heavy snow or extreme cold may not be a big factor in Chattanooga or the surrounding area, those who experience even moderate snow falls or brief cold snaps during the winter know that colder temperatures can take a big toll on your home. Winter weather can also knock out heat, power and other services to your home, sometimes for several consecutive days.

Here are some tips from the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) to help you make sure your home is the best shelter possible for you and your family during the colder months ahead.

Ensure you are keeping out outside air and moisture. Insulate walls and attics, caulk and weather-strip doors and windows, and install storm windows. Clear rain gutters so they dont fill with water that could freeze and cause damage to the roof due to the added weight. Trim tree branches that could potentially fall on your home during a storm. Hiring a professional is strongly advised, especially if any branches are near power lines. Have your heating equipment and chimney cleaned and inspected every year. Ensure there are no openings ...

News source: The Chattanoogan.com

See also: HBAGC