Winter Preparation

Winter can be hard on your property. Freezing water expands and breaks things, snow covers vents and doesn’t allow them to breathe, and materials used to build the home dry out, shrink, and crack. Below are some steps you can take to keep yourself and your home more comfortable and safe this winter season.

Outdoor Preparation

Clean it up

Leaves that pile up at the base of the home and in the rain gutters can clog up drainage and cause damage or premature wear to siding, roof cover, and window wells. Trim back branches from trees or shrubs and keep 3 feet of clearance around the home and roof to allow good air flow and prevent damage from rubbing limbs.

Take it down

Patio furniture, flimsy gazebos, potted plants, garden hoses; these items can be damaged from the elements if not stored away properly.

Seal it up

Replace any torn or missing weather strip on windows and doors to keep drafts and heat loss to a minimum. Have a qualified handyman or roofing professional check all the roof penetrations for cracks, missing flashing, torn vent seals/boots, dried out and cracking tar, and missing shingles.

Turn it off

Turn off all exterior hose faucets from the inside and drain the line to keep water from freezing and bursting the line.

Indoor Preparation

Test and replace

Make sure all smoke and carbon monoxide alarms are working properly. Test units monthly and replace batteries twice a year.

Clean and service

Your furnace will benefit from annual cleaning and service by a qualified professional. The cost of one emergency service is usually equal to the cost of three scheduled service calls. Your furnace will run more efficiently and last longer if properly cared for.

Fireplace

Have the fireplace flue cleaned and inspected by a qualified professional to reduce the chance of chimney fires.

Fire Safety

  1. Clear any combustible items from around the furnace, water heater, and fireplaces.
  2. Keep fire extinguishers on hand, and make sure everyone in your house knows how to use them.
  3. Conduct fire drills just like the schools do. Have two forms of exit from all bedrooms and practice using them. Locate and communicate a safe meeting location if there is an emergency.

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