Thursday, March 10, 2022

How To Prepare Your Home For Winter

It’s important to winterize your home every year to help protect your home and property.

Temperature Control

Get your heating system checked by a professional before the season begins to avoid needing any major repairs when the temperatures fall. Keep your home at a comfortable temperature by setting your thermostat to automatically turn on when the temperature drops below 65 degrees Fahrenheit.  Carefully check around every window and doorframe for any cracks or openings. Seal any leaks with caulk or install weather stripping to prevent cold air from seeping in. Keep a few faucets running when temperatures drop below freezing to protect your pipes from freezing and bursting.

Dealing With Ice

Along with the freezing rain and snow comes the hazard of slippery black ice. Always wear snow boots when you go outside to avoid slipping on any icy spots. Keep your driveway and sidewalks clear during a winter storm. Frequently shovel snow and use cement-safe deicing salt to prevent ice from forming on your pathways. Keep a durable mat by your front door and entryways for added traction. Ice, wind, and snow can also damage plants and weaken trees. Prevent damage from fallen branches by removing dead plants and keeping others well-trimmed.

Prevent Water Damage

For additional protection from the rain and snow, keep your gutters clean and free from any blockages. If your land isn’t graded properly, you might need help moving water away from your home. Downspouts are extensions that can be added to most gutter systems to help prevent water from pooling up and ruining the foundation. If water does not properly drain away from your home, you may end up with water in your basement. Consider installing a sump pump if your home is prone to frequent flooding.

With these things in mind, you can better prepare your home for the freezing temperatures that come along with the winter season.

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