At Gordon Atlantic we wish you a happy, healthy and safe holiday. As winter snow approaches, proper maintenance of your car and your home can help keep problems away this winter.
Make sure your car runs smoothly and prevent winter damage by following these recommended maintenance tasks:
Replace your regular tires with winter tires: If you live in an area where the temperature drops below 45 degrees, winter tires are recommended. Winter tires give your vehicle a better grip when you turn or stop on icy roads.
Check your tire pressure: When the temperature drops, the cold air inside your tires contracts, causing the tire pressure to drop. Be sure to check your tire pressure when the temperature drops.
Add antifreeze: Antifreeze is important to keep your car running when the temperature drops. You can check your antifreeze levels yourself or ask your mechanic to check your fluid levels as well.
Test your battery: Colder weather creates more challenging conditions for battery performance. A weak battery during the summer can turn into a dead battery in the winter. Have a voltage test performed before winter arrives to make sure your battery is in good condition.
Keep up with regular maintenance: Oil levels, lights, fluids and more should be checked with regular maintenance. Be sure to adhere to the recommended car maintenance schedule, especially during the winter.
Pack a survival kit: Emergencies can be unpredictable. If your car breaks down on the side of the road during a winter storm, you do not want to be without necessities. Important to include are a blanket, extra clothes, a first aid kit, a knife, flashlight, jump leads, a shovel, an ice scraper and a mobile phone charger.
10 tips for maintaining a winter home
Use these ten tips to help you to avoid winter troubles at home and really enjoy the cool season.
1. Stop the draft: Repair seal around doors and windows, together with any weather protection. In addition, seal any cracks in foundation walls.
2. Check your fireplace and chimney: Have a chimney sweep check your chimney for debris or cracks and clean your fireplace.
3. Prevent ice dams: Clean the roof and gutters from sludge after heavy snowstorms to prevent ice dams.
4. Clean heating valves: Make sure that your ventilation pipes are free of all obstacles and remove all dust and debris.
5. Stop slippery surfaces: Buy salt, ice melt or sand before the snow falls. These provide extra grip for slippery sidewalks, steps and driveways. If you have pets, make sure you use pet-safe materials.
6. Keep entrances clean: To prevent slippery indoor surfaces, use mats and boot washers for wet shoes and boots. Place a washer under clothes hooks when drying wet items.
7. Check for leaks: Check the wind and crawl space for water leaks. Be sure to repair any leaks as soon as possible.
8. Protect your air conditioner: Place a plywood board with some bricks on top of your AC to prevent falling icicles and debris from damaging your condenser. Also remove and store all window air conditioners.
9. Turn off outdoor water: Turn off the water supply to external taps to prevent broken pipes.
10. Pack an emergency kit for winter: Prepare a kit containing bottled water, perishable food, flashlights, first aid accessories, batteries, a smartphone charger and a blanket in case of an emergency.
MAPFRE Billing message:
If you have MAPFRE insurance, you may have accidentally switched to paperless billing during a system update. If you expect a bill with the mail and have not received one, call our office today at (781)659-2262 and we can help you.
We see that many of our carriers send invoices about three weeks before the due date.
Holiday Office Hours:
For the holiday period this year, Gordon Atlantic office hours are as follows:
24 December 2021: Closed, resumes normal opening hours (8:30 AM) – 16:30) Monday 27 December 2021.
31 December 2021: Closed, resumes normal opening hours (8:30 – 16:30) Monday 3 January 2022.
We wish you a happy, healthy and safe holiday!