Cold wave and extreme temperature drop can be dangerous for your health and damage your house.
For your peace of mind 😌, Luko has prepared some advice on how to protect yourself and your house during this extreme weather condition.
Things to do before the event to avoid damage:
- Close up small holes on the facade with a foam insulation. Then, use weather stripping to remedy any cracks around your doors;
- To keep outdoor plumbing fixtures from freezing, disconnect and store any garden hoses;
- Shut off the water to your outdoor faucets, drain the lines, and insulate the hose bibs;
- Prevent your pipes from freezing by making sure your home has adequate insulation. This includes insulating your exterior walls, crawl space or basement, attic and—in many cases—the pipes themselves;
- If your garage is attached to your home, minimize the time your garage door is open. This will help to keep cold air out of your house and protect your water heater and any other plumbing that you may have in the garage;
- Put up storm windows, or install sheet plastic window insulation kits on the inside of windows;
- Don’t overload outlets with space heaters or electric blankets;
- Don’t use a kitchen stove to warm the house.
Things to do after the event to report damage:
- Do a damage assessment of your house and check the exterior and interior of your house to make sure everything is in order;
- The water in your pipes can freeze during extremely cold temperatures. This can cause your pipes to burst, causing leakage problems later on. Make sure that your plumbing system including water supply pipe and sewage pipe haven't been damaged.