As you may know from experience, a blizzard or heavy snowfall can easily catch homeowners by surprise. This is especially true when it comes to homeowners who lack the needed prep and cleanup supplies. If you don’t want to be caught by surprise by heavy snowfall or a blizzard, it is essential that you purchase supplies that will help you deal with the aftermath. Here are a few tips that should help you prepare your home for a blizzard.
Buy De-Icing Salt and Sand
Before the first snowfall of the year, you should purchase de-icing salt and sand. A good tactic that many homeowners use is putting salt down on the sidewalks and driveway a few hours before it’s supposed to start snowing. Even road crews take advantage of this tactic to get a head start on a blizzard. Once it starts snowing, the salt will activate the snow and start to melt it.
Be sure to have sand on hand for the aftermath of the storm as well.
That way, you’ll be able to sprinkle sand on patches of snow and ice. Sand should always be stored inside, because moisture in the sand can cause it to freeze in cold weather. Use coarse sand rather than play sand, which won’t have an impact at all.
Get a Snow Blower
All homeowners should have a snow blower. Before the first snowfall, fire up the snow blower to make sure that it works. If the snow blower is old and you have some time on your hands, you should get extra parts for it. Some examples of good extra parts to get include clips, shear pins, and bolts. That way, if your snow blower changes and you can’t go to a big box or hardware store, you will have the parts on hand to fix the snow blower.
You should store the snow blower near the exit of your home and use a tarp to cover it up. That way, when it starts snowing, you will be able to access the snow blower easily. Be sure to have extra gas on hand for the snow blower.
Check the Gutters
Finally, you should check the gutters of your home. Ideally, you should have had a gutter cleaner check and clean your gutters at the end of fall when the leaves were done falling. However, if you didn’t do this, you should call your gutter cleaner immediately. At the very least, you should clear the accumulation of leaves at the bottom of downspouts. This will allow melting snow to drain from the gutters, preventing ice damming. Don’t forget to clean out the basement stairway drain before the first snowfall.
As you can see, there are many things that you can do to prepare your home for a blizzard. For more information about how to prepare your home for a blizzard, don’t hesitate to contact us here at Protect America. You can also contact us for a free quote.