Whether you are just taking a few weeks or a few months to get away from the chilly temps here in the Ozarks, leaving your home abandoned or unattended during winter weather when temperatures drop below freezing is not a great idea. If you have lived in the area for very long or just visited, then you understand that our weather can be very unpredictable. If extreme weather hits while you are away, you may find your home or vacation getaway has turned into an unsightly disaster to clean.
So what could really happen?
When water freezes, it expands. If a continuous freeze and expansion occur in your pipes, then they could burst. A burst pipe may mean that you have to call a professional to come out, survey the damage, and make repairs. Depending on the location and the amount of water damage created due to an unnoticed burst pipe, damages could cost a homeowner well into the thousands for repairs.
Power outages occur for various reasons. Extreme and unpredictable weather is one of those reasons. When power outages occur, they can cause damage to your property in different ways. If the power is out for an extended period of time during freezing temperatures, it can lead to pipes freezing and any refrigerated food could be spoiled. There is also a risk of power surges during outages, which can cause damages to appliances and electronics still plugged into an outlet.
As mentioned before, there is no doubt that a power outage can cause serious problems to appliances. However, if your home is left vacant and cold during the winter, seals on washers, dryers, and refrigerators tend to dry up and crack at a faster rate. Sometimes seals can be replaced, but many times the appliance has to be replaced. In additions to seals, water not properly drained from appliances that use water can cause major problems. For example, water left in the ice maker of a refrigerator can repeatedly freeze, cause ruptures in the tubing, and eventually cause excess water and even flooding when temps return to normal.
Emergencies can happen anytime, anywhere. However, the chances of you saving a vacant property such as a vacation home depend on the time elapsed between the emergency and the time it takes for you to discover what has occurred.
WE OFFER PEACE OF MIND
With Hopper Home Watch, you can have a peace of mind that your home away from home is taken care of properly. With our BASIC SERVICE PLAN, we routinely visit your property to check for evidence of unwanted pests and any visible maintenance problems. And because each home and homeowner are unique, the Basic Service Plan can be customized to fit your needs with additional services such as post-storm inspections with photos for you and your insurance company. We also offer a service to help you open and close home. Properly closing your home can help during extreme weather. And in case something does happen while you are away, Hopper Home Watch also offers a service for coordinating with professionals such as plumbers and contractors to fix any damages to your home.
If you are thinking about taking an extended leave from your home for the winter for whatever the reason, give Hopper Home Watch a call today at 870-425-4122. Let them take away some of the stress associated with being away so that you can have peace of mind.
Humans are not the only species on the planet that get cold and need shelter to survive in extreme weather. When the temperature outside begins to drop, rodents and insects begin their hunt for warmth. Though many animals and pests find shelter in a burrow or nest, far too many find their way to the inside of your home.
Take a look at the following rodent and insect exclusion techniques below to learn just how you can help protect your home from outside critters this season.
SEAL IT UP!
Rodents such as house mice can squeeze their body through a hole or opening as small as ¼ of an inch while insects such as spiders can typically get through any space light can travel. Because of this, it is very important to go through the inside and outside of your home to look for places to seal so that pests can’t enter your home. Popular entry points include unsealed doors and windows, gaps around pipes, gaps in crawl space or attic vents, unsealed gaps around garage doors, and gaps around sewer drains.
In addition to sealing up the holes and cracks in your home, it is also a good idea to go through your food to make sure that all food is sealed. Rodents and insects are not only looking for shelter during extreme temps, but they are also looking to keep themselves nourished.
STOP THE WATER FLOW
A water source can also be very attractive to pests during extreme weather. Leaking faucets, pipes, and drains should be inspected. Most small leaks can be fixed by adding caulk or other sealant. Since water is necessary for the survival of rodents and insects, cutting off their water supply and making it more difficult for them to make themselves at home is just one step in making sure they don’t infiltrate your home.
CLEAN UP OUTDOORS
Many plants and shrubs do tend to die down as winter gets near. However, if you notice any greenery near your home, trim it as much as possible so that it is not touching the house. Leaving plants and trees too close to the home offers many rodents and insects a clear cut way into your home. If there are several plants, it may be difficult for you to detect exactly how pests are getting into your home.
HOME AND HEALTH RISKS
Once inside of your home, rodents and insects not only become an unwanted stress, but they can cause serious damage to the home and may even put you and your family’s health at risk. Because rodents and insects carry disease, it is very important that you take the necessary steps to keep them out of your home completely.
In addition to causing health problems, rodents such as rats can cause serious damage to your home. One example of possible property damage due to rodents such as mice and rats entering the home is damage to electrical wiring. These types of rodents like to burrow themselves inside of your walls where many of your electrical wires run. If they begin to gnaw on electrical wires, they could start a house fire.
CALL THE PROFESSIONALS
Although these techniques are simple, it’s always a good idea to call in the professionals to give your home a full inspection. The highly trained technicians at Hopper Environmental Services work each day battling pest and pest infestations. Their experience allows them to see past the ordinary and spot small cracks and holes rodents and insects use to gain entrance into your home and business that you may not notice. They will also know exactly what to do and how to manage the situation once pests have been detected.
From Mountain Home to Mountain View to Fayetteville and everywhere in between, Hopper Environmental Services has the tools, techniques, and experience to eliminate pests and help you prevent rodent and insects from entering your home or business. Give us a call at 1-888-863-0206 to learn more about Hopper’s Pest Control Services and how they can help.