Easy tips to help prepare your home for this coming winter.
Forecasters are predicting another cold snow filled winter here are some tips to help make sure your ready for the coming winter.
- Protect items from the elements. Store away outside items if possible in a shed, garage or other protected area. Secure a cover over your grill, your air conditioning unit and any furniture or children’s toys that you wish to protect from the elements.
- Prevent pipe bursts. Drain your sprinkler systems, store away garden hoses and spray nozzles. Also remember to turn off your outside spigots Most homes have shutoff valves inside to cut water flow. After turning off the water make sure to open the outside spigots to drain the remaining water to prevent a burst.
- Gutter Cleaning. Once the last leaves have fallen, have your gutters professionally cleaned. This will prevent water from being trapped inside and turning to ice. This is an important step that should not be overlooked, to prevent ice and water from backing up into your home.
- Prep your utilities. Have your heater serviced before turning it on, and replace the filter. For fireplaces, be sure they are cleaned and serviced. Flush water through your hot water heater to clear any sediment using the drain valve.
- Inspect for air seepage. Inspect doors and windows for any possible air gaps and replace weather-stripping, if necessary, or repair with caulk. Inspect attic for any damage to insulation and replace if necessary. Installing a storm door, if your home does not already have one, will also help with insulating. Replace old windows with energy-efficient new ones to help insulate your home and keep the heat from escaping.
- Be prepared. Check to be sure you have a snow shovel and salt so that you will be prepared for the first snowstorm of the season. Also check for an ice scraper and snow broom to clear your vehicles of snow.
- If you live in an area that frequently sees heavy snow in the winter, consider purchasing a generator for your home in the event that you lose power. Also be sure you have a radio, flashlight and extra batteries in the event that you lose power.
Follow these simple tips, and rest assured that you are prepared for whatever the oncoming winter may bring.