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Getting Your Home Ready for Winter
Getting Your Home Ready for Winter
  1. Drain and winterize your sprinkler system – this will help prevent the pipes from freezing and causing expensive repairs.
  2. Disconnect hoses – this will help prevent the hose bib from freezing and causing expensive repairs.
  3. Clean gutters and downspouts to help prevent clogged gutters, ice dams and water leaking into your home
  4. Direct drainage away from your house to help prevent water from getting into your basement and prevent damage to your foundation due to expanding ice in the soil.
  5. Perform regular maintenance on your furnace to keep everything running properly and safely during the winter months.
  6. Check chimney for blockages and proper operation of damper. Wood fires are great during the winter but be sure the damper and chimney are clean and working to prevent carbon monoxide from entering the house and or chimney fires.
  7. Clean your soffit vents to help prevent ice dams. Blocked soffit vents can contribute to ice dams forming because the cool outside air cannot flush away warm air leaks into the attic which melt snow leading to re-freeze in the form of an ice dam.
  8. Clean out your dryer vent to prevent fire. Regularly cleaning of the dryer vent will help prevent fires and prolong the life of your appliance.
  9. Have your roof checked for damage before the winter months. Minor repairs now can prevent leaks during the winter months.
  10. Seal and weather strip doors and windows to prevent drafty windows and save energy.
  11. Change your furnace air filter regularly during the winter to keep it running properly.
  12. Stock up on winter supplies (ice melt, jumper cables, ice scraper, etc.)
  13. Check the operation and battery in your Carbon Monoxide Detectors. Recommended location for CO2 detectors are outside of each sleeping area in the immediate vicinity of the bedrooms and on each level of the home.