We’re here for some important winter home maintenance must do’s! Is your home winter ready this year? Check out our list below.
- Protect Indoor Pipes
There are several things you can do to protect your pipes from freezing in the winter. Just be sure to inspect your indoor pipes thoroughly before the cold weather really sets in. You can purchase pipe insulation, make sure to drain and close outdoor faucet valves, and try to keep your heat set around 64 degrees at the least, and keep it on when you’re going out of town. Sometimes a steady drip of cold and hot water can prevent freezing pipes, too.
- Store Window and Door Screens & Install Storm Windows and Doors
Time to take out and clean your screens, then store them for winter! Installing storm windows and/or doors is a sure way to help reduce heat loss in your home, and protect your windows from weather.
- Replace Worn Weather Stripping
Over time weather stripping on windows and doors wear and stop being as effective. If you didn’t check your weather stripping when you took care of fall cleaning and prep, now is probably a good time to see if anything needs replaced. Anything to help windows and doors from being drafty in winter!
- Have Your Fireplace Inspected & Cleaned
If you have a fireplace, regular maintenance is a must. It probably wouldn’t be a bad idea to have your fireplace inspected and cleaned by a chimney sweep before utilizing it during colder months. Over time, creosote builds up in the fireplace’s flu- if it gets too thick it could pose as a fire hazard.
- Trim & Remove Dead Tree Limbs
Before the snow comes, check for any loose or close to falling tree limbs, and remove what you can before the weight of snow poses a threat.
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