Seasonal tips for high country homeowners

My, how quickly the seasons come and go in the Colorado Rockies! (Labor Day is here already?!) The days are getting shorter, and soon, cold weather will be upon us yet again. If you own a property in the high country, there are lots of little steps you can take to prepare your home for the seasons and prevent a potential catastrophe. Your friends at RMCat would like to offer a few seasonal tips for high country homeowners:



If you’re grilling out this Labor Day Weekend, remember these safe grilling tips. Always grill outside, on a clean grill, with a “safe zone” around the grill to prevent fires or burns. Oh, and never leave a grill unattended!

If your end-of-summer plans might also include a bonfire or campfire, keep campfire safety tips in mind. Pick a good location to have a fire – one that’s clear of sticks, leaves, or other potentially flammable debris. Remember to completely extinguish your fire before leaving, and never leave a campfire unattended (just like grilling).


We’re on the tail end of wildfire season, though for high country homeowners, wildfire prevention is an ongoing effort. Keeping your landscape clear of debris, keeping your grass and shrubs trimmed short, and installing patios and roofing made of non-flammable materials are all proactive steps to protect your property in wildfire country.

Lower temperatures mean higher potential for a frozen pipe catastrophe on your property. Installing insulation wraps around your pipes can prevent your pipes from freezing, as can keeping your thermostat turned up to at least 55 degrees throughout the cold months.


Speaking of the cold months, it’ll soon be the season to fire up your fireplace or wood stove. Have your fireplace and chimney inspected and cleaned regularly, remember to keep a quality screen over the fireplace opening, and only burn dry, seasoned firewood.

These are just a few quick tips for homeowners as the seasons change. If you have any other tips, please share! Oh, and if you ever encounter a problem on your property, remember that Rocky Mountain Catastrophe is always ready to serve you. From fire and smoke damage to frozen pipes, we can respond to an emergency 24/7 in Grand or Routt Counties. We are here to help!

To contact Rocky Mountain Catastrophe, call our office at 970-722-7744.

In the event of an emergency, call us 24/7: in Grand County, call 970-531-7308. In Routt County, call 970-819-1239.