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Tips to protect your home when going south for the winter

December 14th, 2013  |  Insurance

There is no shortage of Canadians that fly south for the winter. People from across the country go down south to enjoy the nice weather in Florida, Arizona and other southern states and countries.

While it is easy to look forward to the nice weather and days at the beach, you first need to secure your home to ensure it is protected while you are way. Burglars are not the only threat to your home. Things like water damage, freezing pipes, and winter weather are also threats that need to be addressed.

Here are a few important things to keep in mind before you go:

  • Check your security system and make sure it is working correctly before you leave. Don’t forget to alert the security company about your trip.
  • Assign a family member with the task of checking up on your home, picking up the mail, clearing snow, and other required actions. This will give the appearance that someone is home.
  • Alert neighborhood watch and other neighbors you trust that you will be away. They can keep an eye on things for you.
  • Perform an audit of the exterior of your home to ensure that no water or weather related threats exist. Winterize your home by turning off the water to exterior taps, disconnect hoses, and clean out your gutters. Also, check the sump pump and set your furnace to no less than 13 Degrees to prevent pipes from freezing.

Taking these actions will ensure that your home is safe and secure when you are away. Are you flying south for the winter? How confident are you in your home security?

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