Winter Home Preparation

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It’s the time of the year where we start thinking about winter and home maintenance as we enter into the colder months. Each year, we remind our clients of some basic home maintenance tips to ensure your home is ready and prepared for winter.

Remove hose from water spigot: We say this every year, but it’s important to remove the hose from your water spigot so pipes do not freeze and expand. When this occurs, they can break, which can cause leaks and damage. When you are done using sprinklers on the lawn for the year, be sure to turn them off for the winter.

Clean Gutters: This is important year-round, but during the fall (with leaves dropping) it is especially crucial to clean gutters and drainpipes so they are not clogged during times of more precipitation, which could cause buildup and ice dams.

Inspect foundation and roof: Take a walk around your home and search for any cracks in the foundation and caulk any you find.  This can prevent water entering and freezing or mold buildup. We also recommend sealing leaky windows to keep cold drafts out of the house, maximizing your heat efficiency.

Clean Chimney and Fireplace: Be sure your chimney is safe and ready for use. A professional chimney sweeper can sweep it to remove soot and debris. It is also important to check for cracks, loose bricks, or missing mortar. By placing a cap on the chimney, you can prevent animals and debris from entering.

Also remember routine maintenance: regularly check smoke detectors, carbon monoxide detectors, and replace furnace filters. These small tasks make a significant difference in your home’s safety and efficiency, especially as the seasons and temperatures change. As always, we are available for any questions you may have.