Melting Snow Brings New Challenges
The large amount of snow depth in our region over this winter holds lots of water. For example, each cubic foot of drifted, piled, and/or compacted snow contains approximately 2 to 3 gallons of water. Now with the expected warm up and heavy rain it is imperative that homeowners take proper precautions to minimize serious problems resulting from melting snow and potential flooding.
To help, our experts have assembled a few tips you can employ to make sure your home stays dry.
Any home can struggle with water in the basement if the gutters are in disrepair or are clogged from leaves, dirt, snow, and ice. Eave-trough down-spouts should carry the water several feet from a house to a well-drained area. About 2,500 gallons of water will come from a 1,000 square foot roof with one foot of snow depth across the roof. This much water may cause problems if allowed to drain next to the house. With that, it is
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Remove Salt Stains From Car Mats
During winter months, snow, slush, and street salt may wind up inside your vehicle and cause stubborn stains on your floor mats. To remove the stains, mix a 50/50 solution of distilled white vinegar and hot water into a spray bottle and saturate the soiled carpet. Allow the water-vinegar solution to sit for a few seconds before using a scrub brush to remove the set-in stains. Air dry or use a dry clean sponge, cloth, or paper towel to soak up excess moisture. Repeat until clean.
What Should You Do During a Winter Power Outage?
During the winter months, there are many weather-related events such as snow, ice, and wind that can cause a power outage. If the outage is caused by the weather, the outage could either be localized or in some cases wide-spread.
Should you lose power, the first thing to check is your home’s electrical panel to see if you have blown a circuit. If the power is out in your entire neighborhood, you should call your local utility company to report the outage. If the power is out over a more widespread area, it may in fact take a longer time to restore power everywhere.
Here are some valuable tips to remember if you lose power in the winter:
In the daytime, use the warming rays of the sun to keep you comfortable. Open the draperies to get the warmth into your home. Sit out in the sun in a spot away from any wind. You’ll be surprised how quickly you heat up.
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Discover Valuable Tips and Tricks For Your Home
With another snow storm bearing down on Delaware, Southeastern Pennsylvania, New Jersey, and Northern Maryland and record cold temperatures expected to follow, our experts here at Horizon Services urge people to heed safety precautions. With that, we’ve developed some quick tips and tricks to help you get through this dangerous weather.
1. Block Window Drafts And Leaks
One of the best ways to winterize your home is to simply block obvious drafts and leaks around your house, both inside and out. To create a better seal make sure that all of your windows are closed tightly and locked. This can make a big difference in your comfort inside your home, and prevent unnecessary heat loss. Additionally, our experts recommend closing your curtains too, as it adds an extra barrier to help prevent heat loss and block drafts through your windows.
Everyone knows just how awful the aroma of real dirty socks is, and
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Eco-friendly homeowners will know that utilizing salt to melt hazardous frozen pathways and steps can corrode concrete and asphalt, damage plants, and even irritate your pets’ paws. Instead of salt, create your own de-icer by mixing a teaspoon liquid dishwashing detergent with a tablespoon of rubbing alcohol and a half gallon of warm water. The mixture will melt away several layers of ice and the alcohol in the solution will prevent the water from refreezing.