Every winter, homes are damaged by windstorms, heavy rain and freezing temperatures. By taking a few simple precautions, you can save time, money and stress as winter storms hit.
Before the cold hits:
- Insulate pipes in your home’s crawl spaces, basement, attic and garage. Exposed water pipes in these unheated areas are more susceptible to freezing and potential bursting.
- Drain and disconnect garden hoses and sprinkler systems and place insulated caps over hose bibs.
- Know where your water shut-off valve is located.
- Clean gutters, make sure they are properly aligned, securely attached to home and that downspouts direct water away from your home’s foundation.
- Make sure storm drains near your home are clear of debris to avoid flooding.
- Replace weather stripping around doors and caulk around windows. Seal leaks and close foundation vents to miminize cold air entering your home. Open the vents again in spring to prevent dry rot.
- Check your roof for loose or damaged shingles.
- Make sure flashing is secure around vents and chimneys.
- Make sure your fireplace flue is clear and the damper opens and closes properly.
- Have your furnace serviced and a clean air filter installed.
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