Sub Zero Temperatures-Take Care of Your House!

Real Estate Agent with Cedar Rapids/Iowa City, IA KW Legacy Group S44645

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.  


Ice in vent pipe for furnace


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! 


Keep smiling! 





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Karen Feltman, REALTOR®, ABR, AHS, CHMS,                                                                      CNE,CRS, e-Pro, green, GRI, SRES, TRC

Keller Williams Legacy Group

4850 Armar Drive SE Ste B

Cedar Rapids, Iowa 52403


Mobile  319-521-0701

Licensed in the State of Iowa

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Ricki Eichler McCallum
CastNet Realty - Corpus Christi, TX
Broker,GRI,ABR, e-Pro, TAHS

Good tips for homeowners.  The last point about humidity is often overlooked when it is really cold outside. Thanks and keep warm!

Jan 02, 2018 02:23 PM #1
Fred Griffin, on leave of absence from ActiveRain
Fred Griffin Real Estate - Tallahassee, FL
Licensed Florida Real Estate Broker

  We can use those tips about frozen water pipes in Florida this week.  It is so cold here, they have canceled Public Schools tomorrow!

Jan 02, 2018 02:31 PM #2
Tammy Lankford,
Lane Realty Eatonton, GA Lake Sinclair, Milledgeville, 706-485-9668 - Eatonton, GA
Broker GA Lake Sinclair/Eatonton/Milledgeville

I. AM. MISERABLE. with the unseasonably cold weather we're having in the south. Hopefully it will be short lived here.  Hopefully all my listings are taken care of.

Jan 02, 2018 08:15 PM #3
Golden1 Agents
San Mateo, CA

Thank you for sharing this great tips.

Jan 03, 2018 03:20 AM #4
Doug Rogers
Bayou Properties - Alexandria, LA
Your Alexandria Louisiana Agent

We hit 18 degrees in Central Louisiana yesterday. Frankly anything under 40 is rare this far south so plenty of folks had plumbing issues. Hopefully this could weather floats back North!

Jan 03, 2018 04:41 AM #5
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