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Winter Ready Home

by B.Annie on December 12, 2017

Last week’s snow storm may have been our favorite snow storm ever.  Just enough to call for a day by the fire but not enough to stick around for days.  Better yet, it was not enough to cause damage to our customers’ homes.

But, past trends have shown that an early winter storm usually means more snow and cold temperatures will be hitting us this winter.

Is your home winter ready? Have you done all you can do to avoid the pitfalls of a winter storm, frozen pipes, fallen gutters or worse, a collapsed roof.  Don’t worry you still have time.

With our easy to follow check list your home can be prepared for even the worst winter weather.

A Winter Ready Home

 

The Easy Part

 

  1. Gutters – Clean your gutters now and avoid clogged, frozen and falling gutter this winter.
  2. Hoses  – Disconnect and drain all of the outside hoses and shut off the outside water valves to avoid the most common type of burst pipes.

A Little More Work

 

  1. Insulation – Adding insulation, caulk and and weather stripping can help you save on your electric or gas bill this winter.  While this may take some extra time and money up front.  It will be well worth it in the end.
  2. Inspect your roof – This is a case of what you don’t know can hurt you.  Getting a roof inspection and making small repairs now could save you thousands of dollars should their be a blizzard this winter.
  3. Protect Your Pipes  – Wrapping water pipes in your basement or crawl spaces with insulation sleeves can help save money on your electric bill and save you from frozen pipes during the coldest days of the winter.
  4. Chimney Inspection – It is recommended that you inspect your chimney once a year.  Don’t be caught out with a leaky or dangerously dirty chimney this winter.  Have it inspected and cleaned before your first fire.

If you prepare this winter you should be able to avoid many of the pitfalls of homeownership.  However, if you experience problems with frozen pipes, call Winter Home Services anytime and we will get you up and running again in no time.

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