Protecting your Home against Ice Storms

Ice storms, although rare, do occur in Wisconsin and can happen any time between November and March. An ice storm can cause significant damage to your home and property, the costs of which may be covered by your Wisconsin home insurance. To protect your property and reduce the chance of having to make a claim there are a few things you can do to help your home withstand the damage of an ice storm:

•Trim back trees around your property. Fallen trees can be a big cause of damage during an ice storm.
•Make sure your attic is well ventilated to avoid ice dams building up after an ice storm.
•Protect against frozen pipes resulting from ice storms by ensuring you have adequate insulation around pipes. Where there may be a possibility of water freezing, leave your tap dripping slightly which can help.

The main danger of ice storms is the freezing temperatures which, combined with the fact that utilities such as gas and electricity are often affected by the storm, could be dangerous, particularly for the elderly and very young. Make sure you have an emergency kit prepared with extra blankets and clothing and keep your home well insulated to avoid heat loss. Hopefully your Wisconsin home insurance can help take care of any physical damage caused so you can focus on keeping everyone safe and warm.

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