Make sure that all fuel-burning equipment is vented to the outside and kept clear.
Have snow shovels, salt and sand handy to help with snow removal and vehicle traction.
Have adequate clothing and blankets to keep you warm, both in your home and your vehicle.
Minimize travel. If travel is necessary, keep a disaster supplies kit in your vehicle.
Bring pets/companion animals inside during winter weather.
Keep fire extinguishers on hand, and make sure everyone in your house knows how to use them. House fires pose an additional risk, as more people turn to alternate heating sources without taking the necessary safety precautions.
Ensure that all outdoor hoses are disconnected from the spigot.
Locate your main water shut off valve and learn how to turn it off in the event that you encounter a frozen pipe that bursts.
If you encounter any frozen pipes or home damage, make sure you contact your insurance agent right away and get help setting up a claim. If you can, do your best to protect your home from continuing damage but make sure you protect yourself and your family first.
If worst comes to worst, most home insurance policies have coverage for additional living expenses that will help pay for you to stay somewhere else if your home is damaged from a claim and you cannot stay there. Hopefully, repairs would be minor and not take a considerable amount of time, but most home insurance policies provide money for 1-3 years (depending on the company) of additional living expenses. As always, you should review your coverage and protection once every 12-24 months to make sure you’re covered the way you should be (and the way you think you are) just in case you need to file a claim.
Subfloor ventilation involves supplying clean air to the subfloor while sucking out stale moist air. A poor version of this type of ventilation will involve placing air conditioner around the building which will direct air into the subfloor. However, with no exhaust, the stale moist air will have nowhere to go. A better ventilation system will draw out stale moist air, which in turn will create a negative pressure inside the subfloor thus allowing fresh air to be drawn in. Most ventilation systems use fans, insulated ducting and humidifiers. You can easily find subfloor ventilation systems that are not only efficient but cost effective too.
Different Types Of Subfloor Ventilation
Now that you know how ventilate your subfloor, it would be to your advantage to know the different types that are available on the market.
1. Air vents ventilation. This is the simplest form of ventilation and is made out of bricks. It involves creating vents which are positioned in various parts of the subfloor. The placement allows for damp air to flow out from one side, and clean air to flow in from the other. For this type of ventilation to function properly, it is important that these vents stay clear or any blockage such as dirt or debris.
2. Forced ducted ventilation. This type of ventilation is suitable if your main concern is proofing your house against pests and decay. This type of installation does not involve making any changes to your house. It focuses more on creating more flow of air to areas that are prone to be stale and moist. This system achieves this through the use of special ducting and fans which help in drawing out stale air while drawing in fresh clean air.
3. Powered fan ventilation. This is the most popular form of subfloor ventilation. It works by creating negative air pressure through the fans. The stale air is then drawn out through strategically positioned vents, which also allow in dry replacement air. Most of these types of systems are constant or timed, with the latter being more energy efficient and cost-effective. The timed versions means that the system will only operate during warm and dry weather, to ensure that the humidity inside your house remains balanced.