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Michigan Arctic Blast – Tips For Your Home

Tuesday, January 29, 2019

Mother Nature is making a statement across the Midwest this week. Many Michigan communities are expecting several inches of snow and negative temperatures that could break previously held records! As we all ramped up for the treacherous weather this week, many were out buying milk, bread, and gassing up the snow blower; but how are you protecting your home during this extreme cold weather?

The arctic blast we are facing can be brutal, not only on you, but also your home. We wanted to share a few helpful tips with you to keep in mind throughout the week.

With the irrational Michigan weather that we face each year, it is important to have your furnace checked prior to the cold temperatures arriving. Many heating and cooling companies will offer a flat rate tune-up fee to checkout your furnace. In addition to this, the following tips can help your home stay warm amidst the frigid air:

  • When your windows are not in direct sunlight, keep the blinds and drapes closed – this acts as another layer of insulation.
  • If you have ceiling fans, you can run them on low in a clockwise rotation (reverse), this will assist in circulating warm air throughout your home.

In addition to your regular preventative routine (to avoid frozen pipes), keep these things in mind:

  • Keep your garage door closed as much as possible – this will prevent any unnecessary wind and snow from entering your garage.
  • Open cabinet doors underneath your sinks – this will allow warm air to access your sink pipes and decrease your chances of freezing pipes.
  • Be aware of your pipes in your laundry room – more specifically, check the pipes behind your washing machine to be sure that they aren’t freezing.
  • If you have an ice-maker, be sure to turn your ice settings on. This is particularly important if your water line runs under the house.
  • If you notice any pipes that are frozen you can use a heat lamp, portable space heater, or even blow dryer to thaw out a frozen pipe.
    • If this becomes a necessary process for you, be sure to leave the faucet on while you are thawing out the pipe. This will allow water to begin flowing through the pipe.
  • Be sure to know where your main water shut-off is in case of an emergency – you will want to have quick access to this point and know how to properly maneuver a shutoff.

These tips aren’t guaranteed to prevent any damage, but they certainly will assist in your efforts against these subzero temps. Although keeping your home in tiptop shape is important, we feel keeping you safe is even more important. So please be mindful of the forecast and road conditions when leaving your home. Forecasters are predicting that the impending temperatures and wind-chill could cause frostbite within minutes. Stay safe and stay warm, Michigan!