Upgrade laundry hoses.
A burst washing-machine hose can flood a room fast. To stay ahead of the problem, replace rubber hoses every three years, or swap them for sturdier steel-reinforced hoses, which cost less than $20—a small price to pay for peace of mind.
Keep ice at bay.
When snow melts and then refreezes on your roof, the resulting ice dams weaken the roof ’s structure and pose a serious danger to anyone walking under the eaves when the ice eventually falls. Ice damming can be caused by a poorly insulated or improperly ventilated attic—which a licensed contractor can help you fix.
Ready your furnace.
Ensure your furnace is in safe, working order when you need it. While you can clean the furnace and change its filters yourself to improve air quality and energy efficiency, a professional technician can complete a full inspection and service, including:
- checking the thermostat to ensure it’s in working condition;
- covering the AC condenser;
- clearing the heat exchanger;
- lubricating and cleaning the blower motor;
- testing the igniter switch;
- and inspecting the exhaust vent pipe and carbon monoxide detectors.
Smart Tip: Now’s a great time to install a smart thermostat. The device will learn from your preferences, adapt according to the seasons, and conserve energy. AAA Smart Home Security can help you replace your old thermostat.
Confirm your coverage.
It pays to know your policy’s limits. If you live in a storm-prone area, you may need to consider special coverage for damage caused by rising floodwaters. To find the coverage that’s best for your needs, speak with your homeowners or renters insurance agent.