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.