Northern Arizona’s Snowstorm Preparation Checklist
Did you know that at 7,000 feet above sea level, and with an average annual snow fall of over 100 inches, Flagstaff is one of the snowiest cities in the United States? As your dedicated real estate professionals, we’ve put together some tips on preparing your house for the winter season. Below are some steps you can take to make sure your home stays warm, cozy, and secure during those unpredictable Northern Arizona snowfalls.
Inspect and Insulate: Before the first snowflake falls, conduct a thorough inspection of your home's exterior. Check for any cracks or gaps in the walls, windows, and doors. Seal these openings to prevent cold drafts from entering. Proper insulation is key to keeping your home warm and energy-efficient during the winter months.
Clean Gutters and Downspouts: If you haven’t already cleared your gutters and downspouts of leaves, debris, and any blockages during the fall, do it now. This will ensure that melting snow can flow freely and won't create ice dams, which can lead to roof damage. Proper drainage is crucial in preventing water-related issues in winter.
Winterize Your Plumbing: Frozen pipes are a common issue during winter storms. Insulate exposed pipes and faucets, and consider adding heat tape in vulnerable areas. If your home will be vacant for an extended period, set the thermostat to a minimum temperature to prevent freezing.
Service Your Heating System: Schedule a professional inspection of your heating system to ensure it's in top condition for the winter. Clean or replace filters, check for leaks, and make any necessary repairs. A well-maintained heating system will keep your home warm and energy efficient through the winter months.
Stock Up on Winter Essentials: Create a winter emergency kit that includes essentials such as blankets, flashlights, batteries, non-perishable food items, and water. In the event of a power outage or being snowed in, having these supplies on hand can provide peace of mind. If your home has a woodstove, stock up on firewood as a secondary heat source.
Snow Removal Plan: Invest in quality snow removal equipment, such as sturdy shovels or a reliable snow blower. Keep walkways and driveways clear to prevent accidents and make it easier for emergency services to access your property. If you are not able to maintain your own property, schedule a meeting with a snow removal service to discuss your service options.
Protect Outdoor Structures: If you have outdoor furniture, a garden shed, or other structures, make sure they are secured and prepared for heavy snow loads. Trim overhanging branches that could potentially fall and cause damage during a storm. Be aware that some roof structures should be cleared between storms.
Emergency Communication Plan: Establish a communication plan with family members and neighbors in case of emergencies. Share important contact information and discuss emergency procedures to ensure everyone stays connected and well-prepared.
By taking these proactive steps, you can create a winter-ready haven for your home. As your trusted real estate professional, I hope these tips help you and your family navigate the winter season with confidence. If you have any questions or need assistance with real estate matters, feel free to reach out—I'm here to be your go-to person for all things local and homeownership. Stay warm and safe!