November Home Maintenance Tips
Avoid Winter Water Damage
The mixture of warm air inside your home and freezing temperatures outside can lead to leaky roofs and burst water pipes. To help you avoid the costly damage that can result, the Insurance Institute for Business & Home Safety’s How to Reduce Risks from Freezing Weather offers these suggestions:
- Ventilate your attic and insulate the attic floor to stop warm air in the house from melting the snow and ice on the roof.
- Wrap exposed pipes with insulation sleeves to prevent them from freezing and bursting. Caulk cracks and holes near those pipes in outer walls and the foundation. Leave kitchen and bathroom cabinet doors open during cold spells to allow warm air to circulate around pipes.
- Trickle water through faucets connected to pipes that run through unheated or unprotected spaces.
- If your house will be unoccupied for an extended period of time, shut off and drain your water system.
Extreme Temperatures: Winterize Your Home Before a Storm (Federal Alliance for Safe Homes)
You’ll move your clocks back one hour on the first Sunday of November as daylight saving time ends at 2 a.m. and standard time returns. That means Nov. 6 in 2011 and Nov. 4 in 2012. Use the time change this month as a reminder to replace the batteries in your smoke and carbon-monoxide detectors.