The first winter storm is poised to hit the Triad; is your home ready?
Hereâ€™s a checklist of things to do before the storm hits:
- Clear your gutters; they canâ€™t direct water away from your house if theyâ€™re clogged with leaves and debris.
- Trim your trees. The Triad is especially prone to ice storms, which can cause ice to accumulate on branches. Ice-laden branches can then break off and fall on your home, car, or power lines.
- Cover your outdoor HVAC unit. Although we generally recommend leaving the unit uncovered for the winter, a blizzard is one of the few reasons that we recommend temporarily covering it. After the storm, remove the cover and clear the area of snow and ice.
- Make sure your sump pump is working by pouring a five-gallon bucket of water into the well. If it seems to be lagging, make sure itâ€™s clear of debris. For other problems, call Johns Heating, Plumbing, and Air Conditioning as soon as possible.
- Familiarize yourself with your electrical panel and power main.
- Make sure your furnace and heating system is working at full power by scheduling a check-up with Johns.
- Charge your phone.
- Secure all outdoor furniture, bicycles, etc.
- Create an emergency kit with flashlights, extra batteries, first aid supplies, candles, matches, food, and fresh water.