How to Prepare Your Home for Winter

How to Prepare Your Home for Winter

9 November 2017

Winter is coming, and it is time to prep your home! Winter temperatures and weather conditions can cause real damage to your home and property. Luckily, there are some precautions you can take to eliminate winter weather damage to your home. Here are 5 tips for How to Prepare Your Home for Winter.

Tips for How to Prepare Your Home for Winter

How to Prepare Your Home for WinterHere are some steps to prepare your home for winter weather:

  1. Clean Gutters:

    Gutters should be cleaned twice a year. Homeowners usually clean gutter in the spring and in fall. Make sure you clean your gutters in the fall after most of the leaves have fallen. Failing to clean gutters could result in the following problems: 1. Gutters being weighed down and detaching from your house. 2. Foundation damage due to overflow from gutters. 3. Roof, window and basement leaks. 4.Insect infestations. More about gutter cleaning here.

  2. Insulate, Caulk, and Weather Strip:

    Head to your local hardware store and get some materials to better protect your home from cold temperatures. Caulking, insulating, and weatherstripping doors and windows is a DIY task that can be completed in a weekend. Additionally, its a low-cost way to keep cold weather out and warm air in!

  3. Clean and Maintain Fireplace:

    If you have a fireplace, make sure you sweep the chimney. Also, make sure you keep the flue closed on your fireplace when you’re not using it.

  4. Protect Water Pipes:

    Next, wrap water pipes in your basement or crawlspace with insulated sleeves. You can also insulate outdoor water spigots with covers to keep them from freezing up. Finally, you can leave a slow trickle of water flowing through your pipes in areas that are uninsulated. Frozen and bursting pipes can cause serious stress and damage.

  5. Remove Tree Branches:

    Remove tree branches near your home that could become weighed down and fall on your house. Also, take time to repair leaks in your roof if you have them. Click here for help with tree branch removal.

Additional Ways to Prepare Your Home for Winter

  • Check to make sure furniture isn’t blocking HVAC vents.
  • Have air ducts cleaned to improve indoor air quality.
  • Change furnace filter.
  • Layer mulch in landscaping to protect perennials.
  • Shut off outside water valves.

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