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23
Mar

How to Prepare Your Home for Spring

At long last, the snow and ice have melted and the sun is starting to shine a little longer in the crisp post-winter sky. Is your home ready for what’s to come?

After another long and hard winter, spring has arrived. The days last longer and the temperature is increasing a little bit each and every day. But as the temperatures shift, so does the weather. It may not be snow, but rain can affect your home in more ways than you may think. Here are a few home maintenance tips to help your home welcome the new season.

  1. Clean your gutters and spouts. Your gutters are responsible for directing rainwater away from your home and its foundation. Make sure that your gutters are clear of any and all debris to allow for optimal water flow.
  2. Check weatherstripping. Weather stripping on your windows is a very simple and efficient way to save money on your energy bill. This can help during the winter to keep the warm air in your home, and it can help in spring by keeping the hot air out, thus, relieving your air conditioner from working overtime.
  3. Portal caulk. Make sure that the caulk lining your windows and doors is in good condition to prevent any leaks. You can get caulk at your local hardware store and apply it yourself–it’s fairly straightforward.
  4. Inspect your shingles. Your shingles work together to help direct water down to your gutters. After all the snow has melted, make sure to inspect your roof for any warping, cracked, or missing shingles. Any issues with your roof can lead to big problems which may cost you big time.

These tips can help assure you that your home is ready for the spring showers and sun. Make sure that your home is protected with the right home insurance policy. Contact Abatelli Group, Inc. for a proper policy on your insurance needs.

13
Feb

How You Can Prepare for a Snow Storm

Snow storms are severe weather phenomena which could stop entire cities in their tracks, so how can you prepare for one before it’s too late?

A changing climate means more severe weather, which includes heavier snow storms. The power of snow storms can stop entire cities from operating as snow covers the roads and deters people and companies from getting from Point A to Point B. Before one strikes the Whitestone, NY area and leaves you stranded in your own home island covered in a sea of snow, make sure that you prepare with time. Here are a few tips on how you can prepare for a snow storm.

Listen to Your Weatherman (or Weatherwoman) 

Your weather station will surely warn you of a possible snowstorm days in advance. If your weather station has a snow storm alert, make sure to prepare for it if you haven’t already.

Prepare

  • Winterize your vehicle and keep the tank full. A full tank will keep the fuel from freezing should temperatures reach dangerously low levels.
  • Insulate your home by installing storm windows or covering them with plastic to keep the cold air out.
  • Maintain your heating equipment, like chimney or space heater, by cleaning it once a year.

Emergency Kit

  • Water – at least 3 days; 1 gallon per person per day (Don’t forget about your pets! Should you have any)
  • Food – at least 3 days; non-perishable, easy-to-make food (Again, don’t forget about your furry friend)
  • Battery-powered or hand-crank radio
  • Flashlight
  • Extra batteries
  • First-aid kit
  • Multi-purpose tool
  • Cellphone with battery-powered chargers
  • Cash
  • Warm coats, gloves, hats, boots, and extra blankets
  • Alternative heat sources like fireplaces, wood, or a coal-burning stove

Protect your home from the dangers of winter. Make sure that your home is protected with the right home insurance policy. Contact Abatelli Group, Inc. for a proper policy on your insurance needs.

17
Jan

Tips for Fireplace Safety

A fireplace provides warmth while avoiding the costs that come with turning on the heater, but how do you stay safe with a live fire in your home? 

As winter chills the temperature and natural gas prices on the rise, you may be tempted to light your fireplace and warm yourself up the old fashioned way. It can be comfortable and provide a sense of nostalgia watching the fire dance and hearing it crackle under the heat. But the fact remains that it is a live flame and the smallest spark could cause a fire in your home. Here are some fireplace safety tips to keep you and your home safe.

Clean the Chimney

The chimney is directly affected by the burning of wood. As wood burns it releases smoke, soot, and creosote, all of which are toxic to us. Hire a chimney sweep to make sure your chimney is free of any buildup; a clogged chimney can force smoke back down into your home which can cause suffocation.

Cap the Chimney

Make sure that your chimney is well capped in order to allow smoke out but disallow foreign objects in. A well-capped chimney keeps out rain and snow, along with leaves, and small animals like squirrels and birds from coming in and wrecking your home.

Use Dry Hardwood 

Only use dry hardwoods, like oak, to fuel your fires. A byproduct of burning wood is a creosote, a carcinogenic chemical that builds up in your chimney. Hardwoods produce less of this chemical which is why you should only burn the hardwoods. Softer and resinous woods, like pine, are known for producing more of this harmful carbon-based chemical.

Make sure that your home is protected with the right home insurance policy. Contact Abatelli Group, Inc. for a proper policy on your insurance needs.

9
Jan

Winter Home Maintenance Tips

The cold is settling in and if our homes are not well-maintained, we can be throwing money away as we try to keep ourselves warm. 

Cold temperatures are great for some unique outdoor activities: snowball fights, sledding, ice skating, making snowmen, and other fun activities. But outside of play, living in the cold can be rough. Luckily for us, we do not have to live in the cold; humanity can do what no other animal can do: change our environment to suit our comforts. If our homes are not properly ready for winter, we can essentially rack up our heating bill and waste a lot of energy. Here are a few winter home maintenance tips for your home.

Insulation 

  • Add weather stripping around your doors and caulk the window seals in order to stop drafts and prevent heat loss. The more heat you keep in your home, the more energy you save and the more money you save.
  • Heat rises so make sure to insulate your attic to keep the heat from escaping into the atmosphere. If you allow heat to escape from the attic, it warms the roof melting snow and creating ice dams.
  • If allowed, remove screens from windows and install storm windows.

Utilities

  • Learn how to shut your water supply off and know where your pipes are located to prevent water damage. And turn them off if you are leaving your home for an extended period of time.
  • Check and fix any water leaks. Use only thermostatically-controlled heat tape if your water pipe is plastic and is exposed to unheated areas like garages, crawl spaces, and such other areas.

Protect your home from the dangers of winter. Make sure that your home is protected with the right home insurance policy. Contact Abatelli Group, Inc. for a proper policy on your insurance needs.

12
Dec

Winter Driving Safety Tips

The winter may be a beautiful season but it is not without its own risks. In this case, driving becomes more dangerous and you should know how to stay safe. 

The winter brings snow and ice, which may be beautiful for a National Geographic nature documentary, but it is nothing short of annoying and dangerous when it comes to driving. The winter roads become a lot more dangerous when snow falls and ice forms, but there are some steps you can take to lower your chances of an accident. Here are a few winter driving safety tips you can use to help you stay safe while you drive during the winter.

Tires

Your tires are not made for gaining traction in the snow and can slip and slide at any given moment. Make sure that you are prepared and install your snow tires before the first snow of winter falls.

As the cold temperatures arrive, your tire pressure will lessen. This is because of the ideal gas law which states that as temperature drops, pressure follows. It applies to the atmosphere, your tires, and, yes, even footballs. Ensure that your tire pressure is at the optimal level, especially during the winter; refer to the owner’s manual to know your car’s recommended psi.

Windows & Mirrors

If you park your car outside overnight, you will have ice that condensates onto your windshields and mirrors. Invest in an ice scraper to scrape the ice in the morning. You can turn on your car and start the heat for about five minutes to simplify this task.

Driving Practices

With ice on the roads, it’s important that you leave plenty of space between you and the car in front of you. That way, you will have plenty of time and space to come to a full stop should the other car come to a sudden stop.

Make sure that your car is protected with the right auto insurance policy. Contact Abatelli Group, Inc. for a proper quote on your insurance needs.

4
Nov

Welcome to Our New Website & Blog!

Abatelli Group, Inc. would like to extend a warm welcome to our new website and blog! Through our newly revamped website and blog, our team will update you on the latest news within the insurance industry while also offering regular lifestyle tips.

Our blog will be your first stop for not only the latest information but also community events in Queens and surrounding areas in New York. We encourage you to browse through our new innovative website to see all that we have to offer.

We are always available to guide you through the insurance shopping process for all of your New York insurance needs. We work to serve the best interests of you, your family, and your business.

COVID-19 Update

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