We are leaving on a beach vacation to escape the cold. What should we do to prepare our home while we are away?

With the winter weather now in full force, we are all feeling the effects – and that includes your home! When you decide to have a vacation from the cold on a lovely sunny beach, don’t forget that your home will still be exposed to the freezing temperatures you left behind. There are several things you can do to prepare your home for winter protection while you are away.

Our independent agency always likes to remind our homeowners to take precautions for their home during the winter, especially if you know you will be away for an extended period of time. One simple measure you can take is to shut off the water at its source. This can help guard against issues like pipes bursting. If you were to have a furnace failure while away, the pipes could quickly become so cold that they could freeze and cause serious damage but when the pipes are devoid of water the risk is eliminated.

Don’t forget to drain the pipes once you have shut the water off. Even though some of the draining will occur naturally, pipes can house residual water for a very long time. Even this small amount of lingering liquid could cause a pipe to burst if it were to freeze.

Set your property thermostat to a reasonable level but don’t turn it completely off. Make sure the temperature inside is set above the freezing point. This allows you to set the thermostat in such a way that you’ll have low energy bills while away but you won’t need to worry about your home interior having freezing damage.

The interior of your home will have the best air circulation if you leave doors open, so leave all the doors ajar before you leave. Even though you won’t have a great deal of heat circulating, this will help the heat that does need to circulate to reach all areas of your home evenly.

Even the best laid plans can sometimes go awry, and that is where your homeowners insurance steps in to help. Be sure that you have adequate homeowners insurance so that your home is prepared for any type of disaster, even the ones that can happen when you’re away! You can easily compare policy quotes from all the major insurance carriers online with the help of our independent agents. Give us a call and we will give you multiple homeowners policy options to review, all in one convenient place.