Preparedness for Extreme Cold in Louisville

Six simple tips for the cold weather ahead.

by MIKE HALL Owner/Broker/Agent

While this season has not yet broken record colds in Louisville, the recent snow warns that winter is in fact underway. Below are a few simple tips which often slip people’s minds so follow along to ensure your comfort – come what may.

  1. Make sure branches near your home are trimmed. Ice causes breakage, and possible roof or window damage.
  2. Store a few flashlights (with charged batteries) as well as candles and matches in an easy-to-reach cupboard or drawer. In case the power goes out, you don’t want to be left fumbling in the dark. If there is a power outage, be familiar with the number to call and report.
  3. Make sure your pipes are winterized. Those exposed, or in unheated areas such as your basement and garage, should be checked and insulated. Most home improvement stores carry pipe insulation, with six feet ranging from $5 to $20.
  4. If the funds are available, invest in a generator. Other backup heating sources such as firewood chopped and ready to go might come in handy as well. Make sure you have a fire extinguisher on-hand to counter any accidents.
  5. Throw salt onto your front steps and driveway before the snow hits. Any warning from the local news of a snowstorm, and you should be generously sprinkling salt on your front steps and driveway. Feeling friendly? Toss some on your neighbor’s walkway.
  6. Are you feeling any drafts around windows and doors? Use some insulation tape or foam to save on your energy bills until you’re able to splurge on any repairs or replacements.

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