How to Protect Your Home During Winter Storm Season

Posted November 16th, 2023 by SimpliSafe

How to Protect Your Home During Winter Storm Season

Winter is nearly here, and it’s important to start thinking about how to best protect your home from the harsh, snowy elements. This protection will, of course, look different depending on where you live, what type of winter you have, as well as the size of your home and who lives inside. 

Luckily, SimpliSafe has the advice you need to keep your home cozy and safe, no matter what sort of winter lies ahead. 

Understanding the Winter Storm Season

Winter storms differ depending on where you live. Freezing temperatures and heavy winds are sometimes all homeowners need to deal with, while others have to prepare for much more. Blizzards and Nor'easters can wreak havoc, particularly when it comes to your home property. This is why it’s necessary to fully understand the potential impact of winter storms where you live, so you can adequately prepare. 

The cold weather, snow, and ice can lead to a variety of challenges, from frozen pipes and flood damage to power outages and loss of heating. Any of these can lead to long-lasting damage that can take considerable time and money to repair. Having the ability to prevent the damage inflicted by one or more of these weather-related events can give you the peace of mind you need to get through the winter season.  

The Most Common Winter Storm Home Hazards

Two of the most common issues that result from winter storms are frozen pipes and power outages. When water inside your pipes freezes, it can lead to a pipe burst, causing flooding and water damage. Beyond the financial implications, frozen pipes can disrupt (or taint) your water supply, affecting your daily routines and comfort until it can be repaired.

Winter storms also frequently result in power outages, leaving you without heating, lighting, and essential appliances. Aside from being a major inconvenience, these outages can pose health and safety risks, especially during extremely cold weather. 

Preparing Your Home for Winter Storm Season

While the specific measures you take may vary depending on a number of factors – including location, home size and pre-existing home damage – the following to-do list is a good starting point. Additionally, SimpliSafe's smart home security devices can help you enhance every aspect of your home's winter protection. Here’s how:

Insulating Your Home

Proper insulation is the foundation of a warm and energy-efficient home during winter. These days, there are different types of insulation you can get for your home at different prices. For instance, more affordable options include fiberglass and cellulose, which are suitable for basic insulation needs, while higher-priced options such as spray foam and rigid foam board provide superior thermal properties and moisture resistance. The choice depends on your budget and specific requirements.

Otherwise, SimpliSafe offers temperature sensors that help you monitor your home's temperature. These devices can alert you to drops in temperature that could freeze your pipes or leave your pets or plants feeling too cold throughout the winter, even when you aren’t home. 

Sealing Gaps and Leaks

Identifying and sealing gaps and leaks around your home is a key strategy to prevent cold drafts and heat loss. That drafty window you’ve been meaning to address? Time to deal with it now. 

Some examples of ways to seal gaps or leaks in a home include using caulk, weatherstripping, and expanding foam. Caulk is a versatile option, ideal for sealing gaps around windows, doors, and baseboards, as well as preventing drafts and heat loss. Weatherstripping is particularly effective for doors and windows. In cases of larger gaps – like those in attics or basements – expanding foam is a powerful solution. It expands to fill voids and creates an airtight barrier, effectively preventing air leakage and heat transfer, thereby significantly improving energy efficiency. Some homeowners may consider storm window shutters, too. 

SimpliSafe's entry sensors and glass break sensors can help you identify if doors or windows have been left open or if a violent storm has shattered a window.  

Protecting Your Plumbing

To safeguard your plumbing from winter storm damage, insulate exposed pipes, seal gaps, and let faucets drip on extremely cold nights. You can also use electrical heat tape for added protection. SimpliSafe’s water leak sensors provide an extra layer of security by alerting you to leaks caused by faulty facets or burst pipes before they turn into costly damages.

Fortify Your Roof

Your roof needs to be in tip-top shape for the ultimate winter storm inspection. It goes without saying that regular inspections can identify and address any damaged or missing shingles, leaking gutters or deteriorating roof vents. These repairs are vital to uphold your roof's integrity and safeguard it from the harsh conditions winter storms can bring.

Additionally, consider reinforcing your roof with weather-appropriate materials. Snow guards or roof heating cables can help prevent ice dams from forming and causing damage. These measures provide extra protection against the weight of accumulated snow and ice, which can strain your roof's structure.

Another idea is to look into SimpliSafe’s Wireless Outdoor Camera, which can be used to help monitor your roof and the surrounding areas, enabling you to keep a close eye on its state during snow and ice storms. In case of any concerns or issues, you can take timely action to ensure your roof's resilience against winter weather.

Stocking Key Supplies and Essentials

In addition to preparing your home for the winter storm season, make sure to prepare your family, too. Don’t forget to stock up on items like non-perishable food, water, flashlights, batteries, and blankets to stay prepared for any emergency that may arise during winter storms.

Additionally, SimpliSafe's 24/7 professional monitoring services offer an extra layer of protection by providing you with access to first responders during an emergency. 

Key Takeaways

Preparing your home for an unexpected winter storm is important to maintaining your home’s health and stability. Whether it’s by updating your insulation, checking your roof and plumbing, or repairing any leaks or gaps, you can rest easy knowing that your home is well-prepared for winter. And, with the help of SimpliSafe’s smart technology, you can leave some of that winter worry to the devices. Start building your package today.