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How To Winterize My Vacation Home
Even without snow or rain, you can still have problems
There are many things you can do to secure your vacation home during winter months. Taking these steps can prevent serious, costly damage.
1) Adjust your thermostat to stay between 50-55 degrees
2) Shut off water at the stop and waste valve. Next, open all faucets inside and let the water drain, as well as flush the toilet so the tank and bowl are empty. Keep the faucets open. Pour antifreeze in each sink, drain and toilet. This will keep any remaining water from freezing and breaking a pipe
3) Close the dammper or flue on your fireplace so neither weather or critters can get in
4) Make sure windows are secure and put on storm windows or shutters, if you have them
5) Clean out fridge of perishable items. If you want to empty it, unplug and leave the doors propped open
6) Check your gutters and make sure they are clear
7) Tell a neighbor you trust and set your alarm
Always know, SERVPRO of Big Bear, Lake Arrowhead, N.E Rancho Cucamonga will help if you have any problems!
It's Easy Being Green....a few tips
Here are some simple suggestions to save water and energy and money!
* Vacuum your forced air system filter so it doesn't have to work as hard to pull the air through it.
* Test your doors for leaks. Go outside in the dark and check for light shining through.
* Vacuum your refrigerator coils. Check the gasket seals by closing a piece of paper in the door. If you can move it up and down easily, the gaskets are not sealing well, and warm air is leaking in.
* Unplug or recycle extra refrigerators. Older and second units may use as much as 40% more energy than newer models.
* Keep the dryer lint trap and the exhaust vent clean so the dryer doesn't have to work as hard. In fact, a dirty lint trap will slow down the drying process.
* Use the air-dry mode in your dishwasher.
And call us at 909-878-0302 if you find that you need to have us come and help with any remediation issues you might find.
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A highly-effective and inexpensive fire-retardant material and thermal and acoustic insulator, asbestos was used extensively in home construction from the early 1940s through the 1970s. However, we now know that prolonged exposure to asbestos fibers can lead to lung disease. When disturbed, tiny abrasive asbestos fibers are easily inhaled, which damages lung tissue and can cause cancer. In homes built prior to 1975, asbestos is most commonly found as thermal insulation on basement boilers and pipes. Unfortunately, it can also be found in a myriad of other household materials including: • Blown-in attic insulation
• Vinyl floor tiles
• Glue that attaches floor tiles to concrete or wood
• Some forms of linoleum
• Window caulking and glazing
• Roofing material (usually on flat roofs but occasionally on shingles)
• HVAC duct insulation (usually found in corrugated or flat paper form)
• Siding material
• Fiber cement siding (usually 1/8 " thick and 8'x4' brittle)
• Corrugated heavy duty 8'x4' panels
• Some forms of paint
Winter Energy Saving Tips
Here are some very practical suggestions for saving money on energy during the winter:
1. Heat your home by opening blinds and drapes on sunny days to allow the sun's rays in. This is FREE solar heating!
2. Close doors and vents to unused rooms.
3. Prevent heat from escaping your home by closing the chimney damper when not in use. Just be sure to re-open it when you start your next fire.
4. Replace incandescent bulbs with LEDs to lower you lighting cost. The bulbs are more expensive but the savings is significant.
5. Repair insulation, caulking, and weather stripping around you home to insure heat is not lost.
6. Insulate your water heater with an insulating cover recommended by the manufacturer.
Winter Road Safety Tips
Here is a list of tips you might want to consider when traveling on our cold icy roads this winter:
1. Check weather prior to traveling and delay your trip if poor weather is expected. If you must drive, alert others of our destination and arrival time.
2. Clear your vehicle's exhaust pipe of any snow, ice, or mud prior to operating. A congested exhaust can expose you to deadly carbon monoxide.
3. Invest in winter tires or snow chains for better traction through snow and sleet.
4. Consistently maintain at least a half tank of gasoline in your vehicle to avoid gas line freeze-up.
5. Accelerate and decelerate slowly when driving in order to regain traction and avoid skids.
6. Drive slowly and allow yourself ample time to arrive at your destination.
7. Stay further back then typical from the vehicle in front of you to avoid a collision in ice and snow.
Praying for Snow!
We are hoping to get some of "The White Stuff" pretty soon! We just are not too sure how much we want at once.
Remember, when snow shoveling, to drink lots of water, use your legs not your back, and take rests!
Should we be blessed with a significant amount of snow your might keep an eye on your roof to watch for snow sliding off in an area where you might be walking.
The need for moisture in our mountain communities is very great at this time. Rain will fill our lakes more quickly that snow, but snow will bring guests to the mountains and our economy depends on them.
Weather forecasts are showing the next possibility for a moisture event to be in late February or early March.
General Winter Safety Tips
Here is a list of items you might want to consider doing in preparation for the freezing weather that is on the way:
1. Store a three week supply of emergency food and water in a safe place. Do not store the water where it will freeze.
2. Keep multiple flashlights with extra batteries.
3. Properly store fuel for vehicles, fireplace, and stove.
4. Have extra wood available.
5. Keep warm clothing and several warm blankets for each member of your household.
6. Have extra prescription medication and a first aid kit.
7. Leave the refrigerator closed to avoid losing perishable food during an outage.
8. Keep a battery powered radio.
9. Invest in a portable generator.
10 Use surge protectors on all digital devices, sensitive electronics, and appliances.
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