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Fall is the best time to prepare your home for the coming Winter months. By following these helpful steps your home will be in tip top shape.
Restock on the essentials – Don’t wait until the first snowfall before you stock up on ice melt or salt. By being prepared with these items you can make sure your winter is as simple as possible. It’s also a good idea to have sand or kitty litter in your trunk in the snowy season. It can be used as a way to create traction if you get stuck in a snow drift.
Clean your chimney and fireplace – before you decide to use your fireplace for the first time this season, make sure you have a chimney sweep clean out your fireplace and make sure it’s fit for use. This will help prevent house fires and also carbon monoxide from leaking into your home.
Check your insulation, caulking, and weatherstrips – The easiest way to make sure your home is comfortable and energy efficient is to make sure every crack, window, and exterior door is prepped and ready to keep out the snow and cold. Typically if the space between the sliding and window or door frames is more than the width of a nickel, you need to apply new silicone caulking. Silicone is the best type of caulking because it doesn’t warp or shrink with changes in weather. You can also add weather stripping around doors to help seal in the warmth.
Turn off exterior faucets – turning off exterior faucets keeps water from being trapped in your home’s pipe system and makes sure you avoid re-plumbing.
Check your gutters – The easiest way to cause damage is to forget to clean your gutters before the winter season hits. If there are leaves or other obstructions it will cause snow and water to build up and possibly damage your house. By cleaning out the gutters the water and snow can run off properly.
Divert water away from the house – Add extensions to downspouts to help avoid damage to your home. By adding length away from your foundation at least 4-5 feet you can rest easy and avoid costly repairs.
Check your Heating System – Beat the repair rush by hiring a technician to inspect your furnace or heat pump before the Winter season begins. By making sure your system is working properly and efficiently you can be sure your heater will make it through the cold months.
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