Category: Severe Weather Safety Tips

Roof Snow Removal Tips

While snow-covered roofs can make for a picturesque winter scene, the combination of freshly fallen snow with the melting and refreezing of snow can place stress on the roof of your home or business. If more than a foot of heavy, wet snow and ice have accumulated on the roof, you should have it removed. Snow Removal Tips Clearing the snow off your roof from...

Control Winter Losses

Most of the time, homeowners can protect themselves from winter-related property losses by using good, old-fashioned common sense. Experts advise that we follow a few simple rules to have a more pleasant cold weather experience. Here are a few tips for preventing losses at home this winter: Have your heating system inspected to make sure it is working properly. If you use a supplemental heating...

Winterizing Your Seasonal Home

It's a necessary task for any seasonal home owner, and you still have time to get it done: preparing your seasonal home for the rigors of winter. Properly planning now can help you avoid damage and expensive repairs in the spring. The best preparation is to develop a checklist of tasks and then follow it faithfully. Here are the major areas for winterization that Foremost...

Steps to Help Prevent Frozen Pipes—or Unfreeze Them

Freezing Temperatures Can Lead to Frozen Pipes and Water Damage You wake up on a cold winter morning, head into the bathroom or kitchen, turn the faucet and … a trickle. Or, nothing at all. You have a frozen pipe. What do you do now? Better yet, how do you avoid this messy, potentially expensive situation in the first place? Here are some ideas to...

Snowbirds: Winterize Your Home While You're Away

If you are a snowbird heading south for the winter, there are several key things you can do to help protect your vacant home. Taking these steps can help protect your home from theft, water damage, heating or electrical system malfunctions and other possible threats while you are away for an extended period of time. Download the Preparing Your Vacant Home Checklist PDF > 1. Make...