Monthly Archives: December 2017

2018 New Year’s Message from Our President Heidi Petschauer

New Year

2017 was our year to nurture the roots we planted here in Garden City over 2 years ago.  Our goal was to provide you with our consultative approach by offering you current, knowledgeable information to help you make the best insurance decisions for you, your family and your business, as well as deliver excellence of service. We always uphold our brand and values of relating with honesty and integrity to continue to build your trust in us with all your insurance needs. During this time of extreme challenges we will commit to honing our strategies and skills to continue to keep you feeling safe and protected by us in 2018.

We are especially excited for 2018 as Petschauer Insurance reached a mile stone of protecting our clients for 60 years! Please stay tuned on Social Media for a look back and a look forward as we celebrate with you and our amazing Petschauer Team.

Our success is solely driven by my amazing Team Petschauer. It is their continued dedication and commitment to our brand, our clients and our industry as well as their own personal brand that allows Petschauer Insurance to be here for you. Therefore, I offer my wholehearted appreciation and gratitude to every team member.

I also thank our clients for remaining loyal and trusting that we are here to listen and protect you.

As 2018 approaches, I wish you a New Year filled with love, health, happiness and much success.

How Snowbirds Can Winterize Their Homes Before Going Away

Snow home

If you are a snowbird heading south for the winter, there are several key things you can do to help protect your vacant home. Taking these steps can help protect your home from theft, water damage, heating or electrical system malfunctions while you are away.

Make Your Home Appear as Though It Is Continuously Occupied

Forward your mail, stop newspaper delivery, and ask a friend or relative to collect flyers or other items that may be left at your door.

Take Steps to Protect Your Home from Thieves

Secure external doors and windows with deadbolt locks, security-type hinges and sturdy door frames that cannot be spread apart. Install slide locks or other equivalent security locks on doors.

Protect Your Pipes to Avoid Water Damage by Turning Off Your Water Supply

Drain your pipes of all water by opening the faucets, and flush your toilet to clear the water from the tank and bowl, then consider pouring antifreeze in toilet tanks and bowls to prevent any remaining water from freezing.

Keep Your Home and Plumbing Warm if Your Water Supply Stays On

Set the temperature at 55°F or higher to help keep the interior of the floor and wall cavities above freezing temperatures. Keeping room and cabinet doors open also helps heat to circulate and warm the areas where pipes are located.

 Perform Routine Maintenance Before You Leave

If electrical service to the home is to remain on, consider having a licensed electrical contractor inspect your main electrical panel, wiring and outlets, if necessary.

Make Your Home Unattractive to Pests

Inspect your home for openings that animals could use to enter. For example, make sure your fireplace flue is closed, as bats, birds and squirrels are known to get inside this way.

Be Ready for Emergencies

Install smoke detectors on at least every floor (preferably tied to a constantly monitored fire alarm system so the fire department will automatically be notified in case of alarm), and confirm that the sensors and system are tested regularly.

For more information about how you can successfully carry out each of these steps and winterize your home, visit Travelers Insurance’s Snowbirds blog.