What’s the old saying: an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure? It’s good advice, especially with your home. Any number of things can happen and none of them are fun to deal with but you can do a lot to prevent problems before they arise.

Here are 4 easy ones:

  1. Shut off the water supply and bleed the lines (open a faucet to relieve pressure) if you’re heading out of town for a couple days.
  2. If you expect extremely cold weather for your area, consider opening cabinet doors to allow extra heat to get to the walls and let a faucet or two drip so that if the lines do freeze, you allow some of the pressure in the lines to escape when the water expands.
  3. When you’re done grilling, shut off the gas at the burner and the valve to the tank.
  4. If you grill, make sure the heat from the grill doesn’t damage your home and remember to consider what is overhead. Sometimes soffits hang right over your preferred grilling spot and absorb all that heat as it rises.