Get Ready for Winter! - Windermere Greenwood

Get Ready for Winter!

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.

For more winter safety tips, visit http://takewinterbystorm.org/

Posted on November 20, 2014 at 10:07 pm
Windermere Greenwood | Category: Home Ownership | Tagged ,

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