DENVER (November 16, 2015) — Winter is known for bringing seasonal challenges that can affect homes and businesses, yet most owners are unaware of the work that needs to be put into their infrastructure before the season hits. The wrath of last year’s winter revealed that many home and business owners were left unprepared to deal with the massive inches of snow and ice that pounded most of the country.
With this year’s winter season approaching, Palace Restoration has developed a preparation checklist to help owners be better equipped to withstand the cold. Here are some helpful tips to keep in mind to avoid future winter damage in a home or business:
Make sure your gutters are draining properly by removing buildup of leaves and debris
Do a full inspection of exterior infrastructure (roof, walls, doors and window frames) – repair any signs of damage, cracks, leaks or exposed areas
Test your sump pump by slowly filling it with water—watch for the float to rise which should turn on the pump, then watch to make sure the water level drops
Visit a home improvement store to purchase inexpensive pipe wrapping
Improve insulation to common areas and windows (consider purchasing items such as heat shrink wraps and thermal drapes)
Ensure downspouts direct water 5-10 feet away from your property
Schedule tree service prior to the first snow fall
Clear out dead or weak branches that might crack or break under heavy snow, ice or wind
On warmer, dryer winter days, consider watering your trees to keep them healthy
Sidewalks and Driveways
Stock up on snow melt supplies like rock salt and ice melt prior to first snow fall
Secure contracts with snow clearing companies/ purchase necessary equipment early
Keep sidewalks and driveways clear throughout the winter
Helps to reduce insurance liability and city citations
Will mitigate cracking, heaving and other types of damage
Service your furnace, boilers and fireplaces before the season starts (clear all units and inspect if parts need replacements)
Do not turn heat off or put under 67 degrees—even on vacation, this will prevent frozen pipes and water damage
Most insurance carriers will deny winter water loss claims if the heater is proven to have been off
“Many owners who don’t prepare their home or business prior to winter deal with the repercussions of expensive emergency repair services rather than just taking early preventative measures,” said TK, TK, Palace Restoration. “By sharing these resourceful tips, we hope that owners will not only consider executing them, but will also pass them along to neighbors and members in the community to keep them informed on how they can protect themselves and their properties.”
When Palace Construction began serving Colorado clients in 1963, repairing residences and businesses damaged by storms was its sole focus. Five decades later, that cornerstone capability has evolved significantly. Palace’s Restoration Division is now recognized regionally as the restoration contractor of choice when experience counts. Palace Restoration works in conjunction with many major insurance providers to help restore damaged property as quickly as possible in accordance with the insurance policy. Palace Restoration offers a 24/7 emergency hotline at 303-777-7999 and recently launched a new website at www.palace911.com.
For additional information or to schedule an interview with a Palace Restoration representative, please contact Atalie Rhodes at 720-217-4937 or email@example.com.
About Palace Construction
Since 1963, Palace Construction has been building structures and relationships of integrity throughout the Rocky Mountain region. Today, our distinct Commercial, Restoration and Emergency Services divisions assist clients in all areas of commercial and residential construction and on projects of every scope. It is this specialized but integrated approach to service that enables us to focus rapidly on each client’s challenges, develop a strategic pre-construction work plan that meets budgetary and time constraints and deliver a high-quality outcome. For more information, visit http://www.palaceconst.com/.