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Prepare your Adult Care Home for Winter Weather

By brian barrick
October 15, 2012

Summer is coming to an end so that means school shopping, closing pools, and putting away those beach towels, but it also time for you to prepare for winter disasters such as frozen pipes and roof collapses. Water damage is a big issue that usually is not covered by insurance because it happens over a period of time and can happen from something as small as a minor roof leak. So while it is still nice outside, take a look at your property and home to identify damage on things like drainpipes, windows, doors, roof, foundation, exterior walls, gutters, plumbing, and HVAC systems. If you see standing water, that is a sign that the water for your adult care home is not draining properly.

To prevent frozen pipes from ruining your toasty warm adult care home take a few precautions. The pipes that are most likely to freeze are the ones that are exposed to severe cold.  You can wrap a type of insulation around the pipes to try to keep out that intense cold. Before the cold weather hits, drain water from swimming pools and water sprinkler supply lines, but do not use antifreeze in these lines unless instructed to.  It is also essential to remove, drain, and carefully store hoses, close inside valves, open the outside hose taps, check around the home for water supply lines in unheated areas even if it’s a hot water supply, and consider installing specific products made to insulate water pipes.

Roof collapses are another serious winter hazard that can usually be prevented if appropriate action is taken prior to winter weather. To develop a winter storm plan you should know your roof and building framing layout, keep roof drains clear of ice, accumulated snow and other debris, inspect your adult care home roof after any major weather, and keep gutters and downspouts clear. If snow or other debris does accumulate on your roof, act fast and safely. First, remove snow and ice from drainage device, next remove snow in strip patterns starting at the drainage device (remove the unbalanced and drifted snow loads first), and last, do not use sharp objects or blowers to clear the roof because that may cause even more damage to your roof.

These are a few steps to keep your adult care home safe during the winter weather.  By preparing in advance, you will have more time to plan winter activities for your residents.

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