Before You Travel This Winter


Does anyone else feel slightly sadder now the days are getting shorter, the temperatures are getting colder, and suddenly we’re already getting into those full-blown long, dark days? Winter is approaching quickly and while I love to enjoy a good snowstorm cozied up by the fire drinking hot coco watching movies, it can have its fair share of concerns. If you’re like us, then you love to escape the cold and head to warm weather during the winter season. Between the hurricanes, snowstorms, and all the other things mother nature brings to us, keeping your house protected from the harsh weather this winter can give you that extra peace of mind while you are soaking up the sun somewhere far, far, away. If you want to be sure your home is safe and secure, there are a few things you can do for your home as far as essential maintenance before you go.

  1. Be Prepared: If you notice that a big storm is going to hit in your area while you are away, make sure that your home is ready for it. One of the big things you want to check is your gutters. You want to make sure that they are free of any debris, or you could find yourself with some big repairs in the near future. One of the biggest things that happen during snowstorms is ice forming in the gutters. This water can cause everything to get stuck and freeze which often leads to water seeping into your home. Check any pipes for leaks and make sure the downspouts are carrying water away from your foundation. Be sure to replace any old gutters that need repair as well. 
  1. Check The Inside: You might have noticed a few small cracks in your doorway or window which might not seem like a huge deal in the warmer months, however when the winter comes, it’s a different story. Those cracks not only can let in all the cold air affecting your pipes, but also drive up your heating bill – not something that you really want to pay for especially when it’s around the holiday season. Make sure you inspect all of the entrances and exits of your home where air might be escaping. Be sure to take care of those areas and help ensure your home is sealed while away. There is nothing worse than coming home from a hot island to an ice box and a ton of extra work.
  1. Install Proper Safety Equipment: It’s essential to have the right safety systems and fire security in your home, regardless if you are traveling or home; but especially when colder weather happens. If your pipes freeze, this can cause and issue with your furnace, or worse, if it over heats and causes a fire, you’re in serious trouble. Tech Services of New Jersey is a great company to help secure your house. They know, and have seen it firsthand how the system can save you, your house, and (when you are home) your family’s life. In a situation where time is of the essence, having a system that not only alerts you that something is wrong, but it can help to instruct them where to go and how to resolve the problem quickly. Be sure to get an alarm system repair service if you are in the market to keep your house and loved ones safe this season. Safety is first when it comes to protecting your home while away and your family when you return.

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  1. Have A Backup Plan: When the snow piles high on the roof, things can get pretty serious. If you are away for a big snow storm (which we always happen to be) make sure you have a backup plan or a helpful neighbor that can help make sure your home is safe during a storm and that the roof is not sinking. Fresh snow can pile up fast and it’s important that you scrape it off so there is no damaging to your roof. While this can be hard to do while you are on an island knee deep in a pina colada, a plan set in place with an extra hand to help will keep you stress free and have a fully intact house when you arrive home.

While the fall and winter can be cozy, comfortable, and all things merry, you want to make sure your house stays that way, even in the worst of the winter storms. In the Connecticut and New Jersey area, we are no strangers to long, cold winters, and recently, hurricanes too… Keeping your home protected and intact both inside and out while traveling is crucial for your peace of mind and keeping that extra money for holidays and not weather repairs. If you have any experience with any of these situations or more recommendations, feel free to leave a comment in the comments section below, as I would love to hear!

With Love,


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