HomeServe USA Offers Tips on Getting Your Home Ready for Winter

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Simple preparations for avoiding home emergencies can save money in the long-run

Now that the autumn chill is officially in the air, it is the perfect time to start getting the home ready for the cooler months ahead. While the weather can't be changed, there are a few things that homeowners can do to minimize some of winter's biggest threats, or at least be prepared for them. HomeServe USA offers some tips:

Clean those gutters
Once the leaves fall, remove them and other accumulated debris from your home’s gutters, and then if possible rinse the gutters with a hose. This will help winter’s rain and melting snow to properly drain. Clogged drains can form ice dams, in which water backs up, freezes and causes water to seep into the house.

Curb unanticipated winter emergencies with extra protection
Water pipes that are not properly drained, or left alone during the winter, can freeze, expand and possibly burst. Insulate the cold water lines near exterior walls or in crawl spaces. Make sure you know where your master water shut-off valve is located. If do you suffer a burst pipe you'll be happy you found it in advance! When the water pipes rupture, homeowners often unexpectedly find they are responsible for repairs, as basic homeowners insurance or the water utility company does generally not cover water service line repairs on the homeowner’s property. For just a few bucks a month, an Emergency Repair Service Plan will provide peace of mind in knowing that interior and exterior pipes are covered in case of an emergency.

HomeServe USA offers affordable emergency repair service plans in partnership with more than 26 utility companies, to cover plumbing, electrical and HVAC systems. HomeServe also offers plans directly to homeowners under the HomeServe USA name. In fact, this month they are offering water service line protection plans, starting at under $5, directly to homeowners in Arizona, California, Colorado, Connecticut, Illinois, Michigan, Missouri, Oklahoma, South Carolina and select areas within New York City.

Tune up your heating system
Just as a tune-up can improve gas mileage or a car’s performance, a yearly tune-up of the heating system can improve efficiency and comfort. When the first cold snap hits and everyone starts to switch on their central heating, that’s the time when many systems break down after being inactive all summer.

Now is the perfect time to schedule a tune-up with a certified HVAC technician to ensure everything is in full working order to prevent the hassle and cost of repairs in the dead of winter.

Check the furnace
Turn on your furnace now to make sure it’s working before the cold weather sets in. A strong, odd, short-lasting smell is natural when first firing up the furnace in the autumn, but if the smell lasts, shut down the system and call a professional. Through the winter, you should change the furnace filters regularly – a dirty filter impedes airflow and reduces efficiency that will increase your heating bills.

Create a power-outage kit
Last, be prepared for inevitable winter power failures by pulling together a kit complete with flashlights, batteries, etc.

About HomeServe
HomeServe USA Corp (HomeServe) is an independent provider of Emergency Repair Service Plans. The company was established in the US in 2003 and has grown to protect over 1.1 million homeowners across the US, and now Canada, against the expense and inconvenience of water, sewer, electrical and other home emergencies. HomeServe dedicates itself to being a customer-focused company offering best practices in customer service and marketing. For more information about HomeServe, please go to,follow us on Twitter@HomeServeUSA, or on Facebook at

Editorial Contact, HomeServe: Beth Crisafi/Kyle Kuhnel/Melissa Rodriguez, Gibbs & Soell Public Relations, 212-697-2600, bcrisafi(at)gibbs-soell(dot)com or kkuhnel(at)gibbs-soell(dot)com or mrodriguez(at)gibbs-soell(dot)com
Myles Meehan, 203-356-4259, HomeService(at)homeserveusa(dot)com

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