Winter Storm Harper

Winter Storm Harper

What You Should Know

Winter Storm Harper is expected to bring heavy snow and below-freezing temperatures to the northeast this weekend. These conditions can increase the risk of frozen and burst pipes as well as power outages which can leave you without heat and the important systems you rely for days.

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How to Prepare

  • Maintain a warm temperature in your home. Ensure the heat is set to a minimum of 65°F to prevent pipes from freezing.
  • If you have a generator, confirm that it is fueled up or that its permanent fuel supply line is unobstructed. Test the generator before the storm hits to ensure it is working properly.
  • Check to make sure your sump pump is working properly. Click here to learn more.
  • Remember that a power outage could prevent you from accessing your home through a remote-controlled garage door. Always bring your house keys with you when you leave. 
  • Open vanity and cabinet doors so warm air can reach pipes more easily, and if you are going to be away for an extended period of time, consider turning off your water.
  • Be sure you know where your home's water shut-off valve is located. If you turn on the faucet and no water comes out, turn off your main water supply and call a plumber. Click here to learn more about how to recognize and intervene if a pipe has frozen or burst.
  • Take precautions to prevent ice dams following the storm. Maintain your regular snow removal schedule, including removing snow from your roof.
  • If you are away, have a caretaker check in on your home before and after the storm. Ask that they take the recommended precautions in your absence and that they follow your established emergency plan in the event of damage from the storm.

For additional advice to protect your home while you're away this winter and beyond, click here.