The height of winter can bring strange and severe weather to all corners of the country. Folks in the southern states may be prone to heavy rains and winds. And residents of the northern regions often deal with extreme snowstorms and blizzards. Along the coastline, nor’easters are at their peak in the winter. Meanwhile, folks in drier climates may experience heavier rainfalls during the winter than in any other time of the year.
Luckily, regardless of what the winter weather brings your way, there are ample things you can do to protect your home against the elements.
Want to keep your home safe through the winter and all year long? Consider these tips that will make sure you are as prepared as possible for virtually all extreme winter weather conditions.
Five Tips to Protect Your Home All Winter Long
1. Have a Water Supply Handy
After an unexpected storm or weather emergency, having a fresh water supply is key.
Not only will you need water for routine indoor uses – like cooking, flushing toilets, and drinking – but you’ll also need it for cleaning and repairs as needed.
So if you want to ensure that your water supply is accounted for regardless of what the weather brings, invest in a durable water storage tank that can take a hit. Modern varieties, like Rotoplas’ AquaTech™ Tanks, have years-long warranties and are designed to stand up to the elements and potential impacts, regardless of outside factors.
2. Use Rainwater Harvesting
Rainwater harvesting is a great way to protect your home’s foundation, especially if you live in an area where flash flooding can be a potential concern – so pretty much everywhere in the country!
This is because with rainwater harvesting, that excess rain that falls off your roof close to the house is collected. In turn, it reduces the rain pooling around the base of your house.
As an added bonus, you’ll also cut back on utility costs while taking a green step forward towards protecting the local and global environment.
3. Keep an Eye on Your Pipes
Some of the biggest and most expensive emergencies for homeowners tend to be connected to their plumbing, and their septic system. And both of these elements of your home’s wastewater disposal can be impacted by severe weather. A blizzard or extreme cold snap can crack your interior plumbing pipes. And a flash flood or heavy snows can put pressure on your drainage field and your septic tank.
So stay vigilant when it comes to both how your plumbing and your septic system as a whole are functioning. Get a septic inspection and septic tank pump at least every 2-5 years. This is especially true if you think a weather event has caused damage to your system.
Think you will be needing a septic tank replacement? Look into investing into more modern, high-density polyethylene septic tanks. They are resistant to cracks and leaks, and infinitely easier (and less expensive) to transport and install.
4. Landscape Thoughtfully
When it comes to storms, the natural features of your own property can do a lot of damage.
Heavy tree limbs can fall in ice storms, causing damage to power lines or your roof. Meanwhile deep root systems or heavy objects can put added pressure on your septic system, leading to costly repairs.
So mitigate the potential damage throughout your property by keeping your yard and landscape nice and neat. Remove limbs and branches that are dangerously close to the home or power lines, and plant new trees far away from the septic system – especially if your tank is an older, concrete tank, which is less resistant to impacts.
5. Keep It Clear and Clean
A yard with debris can cause problems when there’s a storm. Heavy objects on top of your septic system, like vehicles or equipment, can put added pressure on your drain field and tank. And big objects scattered throughout the yard can cause damage when high winds and flooding becomes a problem.
So the best way to avoid damage from excess yard debris is to remove the debris in the first place. By keeping your landscape nice and neat, you can ensure a reduced chance of impacts when severe weather is headed your way.
A few extra steps and a little vigilance can go a long way when it comes to winter weather, and keeping your home safe and secure. With a dose of common sense and a little ingenuity through technological advancements, like rainwater harvesting and new septic tanks, you’ll ensure that this winter comes and goes with no extra headaches or repairs.