Lots of dangers to the temperatures that we are currently experiencing in the Cedar Rapids/Iowa City Corridor area. With record breaking cold, there are a few things that you need to watch for to protect your home.
1. Your furnace vent to the outside. It needs to be clear of ice and snow. If there is ice blocking your vent, you have a higher risk of carbon monoxide poisoning. If there is snow piled up to it or ice coming out of it, please make sure that you clear it immediately.
2. Frozen water pipes. This can happen in any home, but older homes with stone basements and non-insulated pipes are at the highest risk. You should check your pipes and the temperature in the basement, adding an electric space heater if needed. A pipe burst is an expensive fix!
3. Finally, ice and condensation on your windows. If the humidity or temperature in your home is too high compared to the outside, you may see your windows wet or iced over. It is very important that there is air flow around your windows. So during the day, keep draperies and blinds open as much as possible. If the blinds are all the way down to the window sills, you may find puddles of water on the sills that are damaging the wood or drywall.
Be safe out there!