Preparing Your Home For Winter

Essential Tips To Save You Money and Keep You Injury Free

Preparing Your Home For Winter

Taking preventative steps now will keep your expenses down during the winter months.

Winter will be fast approaching, so it’s important to utilize the remaining sunny days of fall to prepare your home for the colder months. Below is a checklist we have compiled from the experts that will help you coast through the next few months relatively stress free.

The Elements:

Water Plumbing leaks can cause a lot of damage which can also be very expensive to repair. To avoid water damage to your property you should:

  • Disconnect all hoses from exterior water faucets. Drain any water remaining in from faucet and store hoses in a garage or shed.

  • If you have an in-ground sprinkler system, have the lines blown out. Hire a professional if you are unsure of how to do this. A frozen line can burst and flood your frozen lawn.

  • Caulk exterior ducts and pipes. The hot days of summer can wear out existing caulking and cause it to leak.

  • Remove any leaves or debris from gutters. This will help prevent ice dams from forming and reduce risk of water seeping into home.

  • Inspect your roof for any potential leaks or eroded shingles. Make all necessary repairs. If you can, hire a professional to evaluate if your roof is sufficient enough to handle the weight of heavy snow.

  • Wrap water pipes in basement or crawlspace with insulated tape.

  • Divert water from house. You can add extensions to downspouts around the home for around $10 a piece. The added length will keep water from damaging the home’s foundation or seeping into basements.

Fire If you have ever experienced a furnace failure in the dead of winter, you know it usually happens on the coldest day of the year, or on a weekend. You either have to suffer through the frigid nights or pay exorbitant fees. Here are a few things to ward off that experience:

  • Hire a certified professional come out and do a thorough inspection and cleaning of your furnace. They can identify any issues before it becomes an emergency. You will have time to save the money for the fix and be prepared that something can happen. Replace the furnace filter if dirty.

  • Clean the fireplace before use. We recommend having a professional come out to inspect it and clean the chimney every year.

  • If using a fireplace or wood stove, make sure your wood is protected from the snow outside. Cover it up with a tarp or store it in a covered spot.

Air

Frigid air can wreak havoc on your utility bills and the occupants in your house. Spending a few dollars in prepping your windows, walls and attic will save you money in heating bills for years to come. Consider the following suggestions:

  • If you have screens on the windows