4 Tips to Keep Your Home Warm and Safe This Winter

Woman looking from a window of her house on a cold and snowy winter,With the winter weather, this is the season you’ll be spending the most time in your home, especially if you’re hosting the holidays. With the weather outside so frightful, it’s important that your home is ready for winter, especially when it needs to beat back the freezing temperatures, ice, and snow. Put a little work in right now to avoid issues mid-holiday, as well as to nip any winter home damages in the bud. Here are four places to focus on keeping your home warm – and safe – this winter. [Read more…]

Preventing and Dealing with Frozen Pipes & Ice Dams

Frozen pipe covered in ice.With the first snows already hitting New England, it’s time to get ready for the cold weather and the resulting freezes that cause ice issues. Preparing your home is more than just stocking up on firewood and salt for the driveway, it’s also about making sure your home is both protected from the cold and that you have the tools to remove any hazards before they further damage your home. This article will go over two major ice issues that spring up in the winter: frozen pipes and ice dams. [Read more…]

Home Safety: Winter Power Outage

Residential Substation SilhouetteEverything is harder in winter, and this holds doubly true for interruptions in your power. This is why planning ahead and acting quickly within the first hours of the power outage can do a lot to keep you comfortable in such a miserable time. While some of these instructions hold true for any time of the year, most are geared towards dealing with the cold and the weather that causes it. Be ready to react to a winter power outage by keeping these ideas and mind, and making some small purchases just in case. [Read more…]

Getting Your Home Ready for Winter: 4 Things to Buy

Winter preparation firewoodWinter is right at our doorstep, but it’s still easy to put off the work needed to be done before the snow hits after months of mild weather. However, putting these things off until the last moment can do more than just inconvenience you. The costs for a lot of these goods and services increase as demand for them grows, so beating the rush can save you a lot of money. At worst, not planning for these things now can put your home and family in peril as snow and ice suddenly rains down. Time to get your home ready for winter. [Read more…]

Fire Safety in the Home: 3 Cold Weather Firestarters

Open flame of a candle.Winter is a time of togetherness, but it’s not always voluntary. The brutal cold and rugged weather keeps individuals indoors as much as the spate of holidays. As we spend more time indoors against the cold, we perform more activities indoors. Ordinarily safe activities can become dangerous as repetition causes laxness, and not just to the individual involved. According to the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA), there are over 360,000 homes each year damaged by fire. Below you’ll find three of common causes of home fires, and at least one of them will probably surprise you. [Read more…]

Causes of Floods: Wintertime

Causes of Floods, TJ Woods Insurance Agency, Worcester, MAWhile most attribute flooding with the summer’s hurricane season or fall’s days of rain, most people don’t think about winter as a time where their homes are subject to flooding and water damage. However, when large quantities of water get locked up as snow and ice, they can cause issues with proper water flow and drainage, as well as a sudden release of that stored water during a snow or ice melt. This article will go over three of the most common sources of flooding and water damage during the winter months. [Read more…]